Court backs second abused maid’s claim against jailed boss
Tutik Lestari Ningish wins claim for compensation against Law Wan-tung, who was jailed in 2015 in a case that made international headlines
Hong Kong’s District Court on Monday backed a claim filed by the second Indonesian domestic worker to seek compensation against an abusive female employer, Law Wan-tung.
The court ordered Law to pay Tutik Lestari Ningish HK$170,000 (US$21,740) in compensation for physical and psychological damages suffered during her employment from April 2010 to March 2011, Wen Wei Po reports.
Law, who was sentenced to six years in jail in 2015, did not appear in court. She filed a witness statement denying the accusations made by Tutik.
However, judge Liu Man-kin accepted Tutik’s evidence as an honest and reliable witness, adding that she believed Tutik’s pride and dignity had been injured during her time under Law’s employment.
The court earlier heard that Law had hit Tutik with rulers, dusters, cloths and her bare hands. Law did not allow Tutik to contact outsiders and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the abuse.
Law was ordered by the court in December to pay HK$810,000 in compensation, for physical and psychological damages, to Erwiana Sulistyaningish, an Indonesian domestic worker who was abused by Law for up to seven months in 2014 in a case that made international headlines.