Sin­ga­pore cou­ple jailed for starv­ing Philip­pine maid

New Straits Times - - World -

SIN­GA­PORE: A cou­ple who starved their Philip­pine maid un­til she weighed just 29kg were jailed yes­ter­day, in a case de­scribed as “shock­ing” by pros­e­cu­tors, who are ap­peal­ing for stiffer sen­tences.

Trader Lim Choon Hong, 48, was jailed three weeks and fined S$10,000 (RM32,000), while his wife Chong Sui Foon, also 48, was jailed three months.

Both were con­victed last year of vi­o­lat­ing em­ploy­ment laws for fail­ing to pro­vide enough food for their maid, Thelma Oyasan Gaw­idan, over a 15-month pe­riod in 2013 and 2014.

Gaw­idan, who is in her 40s, had no ac­cess to her mo­bile phone, was not al­lowed to go out on her own to buy food, and only al­lowed to shower twice a week.

She ran away in April 2014. AFP

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