Justice for scar victim
Mother wins appeal after attack on boy
A maid jailed for pouring drain cleaner on a young boy’s face has had her sentence increased to 15 years after an appeal from the child’s distraught mother.
The Indonesian woman had originally been sentenced to three years in prison for leaving four-year-old Amoor M scarred for life.
The 25-year-old domestic worker was also ordered to pay Dhs270,000 in compensation and will be deported on her release.
Judge Hussein Al Asoufi, who heard the case at Sharjah Court of Appeal, said he had been convinced that there had been a significant physical and mental impact on the child.
He added: “Sentencing defendants is the toughest part of my job. In this case the maid deserves 15 years in jail. She had no mercy on the poor child."
The maid, who denied the charges, claimed during the original trial that Amoor spilled the chemical materials on himself and that she did not attack him.
The housemaid had worked for the family for almost four years and was due to leave in February, when the incident took place.
Medical reports showed the boy had third-degree burns caused by a highly corrosive drain-cleaner like chemical.
In an earlier hearing, the mother handed out images of the boy’s injuries.
She said that he has trouble drinking water and wakes up during the night screaming.
Speaking to 7DAYS after the verdict yesterday, his mother, Fawzya said: “I'm happy that the maid was found guilty and handed a tough punishment. Thank God it’s come to an end.”
She said that her son is currently in Germany receiving specialist medical attention, but is doing well since treatment for his scars began