Norhanita Sulaiman, 43, pleaded guilty, February 21, 2012, to criminal intimidation against her domestic worker from Indonesia.
The employer had threatened Siti Musyarofah, 44, with a 12cm-long knife, and branded on her face with a hot iron. The abuses began in February 2010.
In June that year, unhappy that Siti reprimanded Norhanita’s three-year-old son for climbing onto a chair, the employer slapped her on her left ear.
It bled profusely as the ear had been infected from a blow Norhanita inflicted with a ladle earlier that month.
A woman has been found guilty of criminal intimidation after she abused her Indonesian maid.
43-year-old Norhanita Sulaiman threatened her 44-year-old domestic helper Siti Musyarofah with a knife and slapped and branded her on the face with a hot iron.
She also pleaded guilty to slapping Ms Siti Musyarofah and burning her in a series of abuses from Feb 2010.
The offences took place at Norhanita’s Atrium Residences home in Geylang.
Two other charges will be considered when she is sentenced next month. Her lawyer Nasser Ismail asked for and adjournment to prepare her migration plea and give time for her to make arrangements for the care of her two young children if she is jailed.
A housewife has been sentenced to 13 months’ jail for abusing her Indonesian domestic helper for more than four months, resulting in an ear deformity.
Norhanita Sulaiman was found guilty of three charges of attacking her maid over what Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Norman Yew termed “trivial reasons”.
The 43-year-old mother of two burned her maid’s face with a heated iron, slapped her and threatened her at knife-point. The assaults took place at her flat in Geylang between March and June 2010.
The court heard that Norhanita was unhappy with her maid’s performance of various household chores. She threatened to kill the maid with a 12-centimetre knife for forgetting to switch off a thermal flask after use.