Longer jail terms for starving their maid
Freelance trader and wife will serve 10 months each after prosecution appeals
He also gave some weight to the $20,000 compensation the couple had paid to the maid, though he noted it was done in part to avoid a harsher sentence after they had pleaded guilty.
They had initially offered $10,000, but the maid asked for $20,000, the court heard.
Madam Gawidan, now 42, has returned to the Philippines.
CJ Menon allowed the couple to stagger their sentences in the interest of making acceptable arrangements for their three children. Chong will serve her sentence first, with Lim going to jail a week after she is released.
While working for them, Madam Gawidan was given two meals a day, largely made up of plain white bread, tap water when she asked for a drink, and instant noodles.
Chong did not allow her to buy food or eat any other food at home. Madam Gawidan lost 40 per cent of her body weight, stopped menstruating and suffered hair loss.
She fled from the couple’s eighth-storey apartment at The Boulevard Residence in Cuscaden Walk on April 19, 2014.
In March last year, Lim pleaded guilty to failing to provide Madam Gawidan with adequate food. Chong pleaded guilty to abetting his offence under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.
In mitigation, the defence argued that Chong’s obsessivecompulsive disorder led to the acts, but the trial judge said her mental condition had no link to the offence.
The Manpower Ministry said the couple have been permanently barred from hiring maids.
CJ Menon allowed Chong Sui Foon and Lim Choon Hong to stagger their sentences so as to make acceptable arrangements for their three children.