Housewife Sentenced to 18 Years’ Jail for Maid Abuse

27 November 2008
Kuala Lumpur

Sessions Court judge Akhtar Tahir yesterday has sentenced 40-year-old Yim Pek Ha to 18 years’ jail after she was found guilty of three charges of causing grievous hurt to her former Indonesian maid Nirmala Bonat. The former air stewardess was acquitted of a fourth charge of breaking Nirmala’s nose with a steel mug.

Based on the prosecution’s case, pictures and medical reports, the judge found reason to believe that the 23-year-old maid was abused and that her injuries were not self-inflicted.

Yim was charged with causing grievous hurt to Nirmala, then 19 years old, with a hot iron, hot water, and a metal cup at the former’s house in Villa Putera, Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, in January, March and April 2004. Nirmala suffer red injuries on her breasts, thighs and back.

Lead counsel for Yim, Jagjit Singh said earlier in mitigation that Yim was a first-time offender and has four children to support while Nirmala has recovered with no scars or disfigurement. He later said Yim would file an appeal but had to begin serving her sentence from today.

The Star Online – Nirmala Bonat case: Housewife found guilty, 18 years jail (updated)
<URL:http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/11/27/nation/20081127110151&sec=nation>

New Straits Times Online – Nirmala Bonat case: Employer guilty of maid abuse (updated)
<URL:http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/Frontpage/20081127110049/Article/index_html>

MCW – Housewife Denies Hurting Maid
<URL:http://malaysiacrimewatch.lokety.com/housewife-denies-hurting-maid/>

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