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Wednesday September 11, 2013 MYT 8:19:00 AM
Wednesday September 11, 2013 MYT 8:20:50 AM
A COUPLE escaped prosecution for alleged maid abuse after the charges were withdrawn.
The court heard that Tan Yu Jin and wife Evelyn Phoon Wei Ling paid 32-year-old Gina Astrologio Vilog S$5,000 (RM13,000) in composition – the practice of making a payment instead of receiving a punishment.
District Judge Lee Poh Choo said she was “surprised” at the decision of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to drop the charges in a maid abuse case.
She awarded the couple a discharge amounting to an acquittal, adding that she did so “reluctantly”.
Both were alleged to have hurt Vilog because of her poor work performance. Phoon, 38, had three charges withdrawn. She had been accused of hitting the Filipina on the head and hands with a wooden cane on two occasions in January and February last year.
She had also been charged with kicking the maid in the chest and knocking her on the head with a cordless phone on Feb 4 last year.
That same day, Tan, 36, was said to have hit the maid’s head with the cane at their flat in Edgedale Plains.
Although offenders can be fined up to S$5,000, courts usually impose a jail term of up to two years.
In a reply to queries, an AGC spokesman said: “Composition is an agreement to settle a case made between the person or persons accused of an offence and the victim. The deputy public prosecutor can object to the composition if he is of the view that composition would be against the public interest.”
She added that every case is assessed on its merits. -The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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