Court hears testimony of Pinay maid abused in Singapore


Posted at Apr 22 2015 03:34 PM | Updated as of Apr 22 2015 11:34 PM

MANILA - The hearing on the case of a Filipino maid who was allegedly physically abused by her employer and her employer's mother in Singapore continues.

A report published online by the Straits Times on Tuesday stated that the incident involving Pinay household service worker Jonna Memeje Muegue happened in 2012.

The report identified her employer as 43-year-old Chua Siew Peng, and her mother, Lum Wai Lui.

Chua Siew Peng is on trial for "wrongfully confining" the Pinay maid at the Bukit Timah Road condominium on October 30, 2012.

Muegue told the district court that the family treated her well when she first arrived to work for them in 2011. However, she was not given keys to the unit's door and gate, the report said.

The physical abuse happened on October 29, 2012 when she ate fish that was not for her.

The report said Lum punched and slapped her, pulled her hair and banged her head against the wall of the kitchen toilet as punishment. She added that Lum poured bleach on her hands and body.

Minutes later, Chua Siew Peng arrived, pulled her hair and repeatedly slapped her. She was also ordered to stand in one corner and shower at around midnight.

The following day, she climbed out from a bedroom window of the sixth-floor condominium unit to escape. She landed on the rooftop on the fifth floor of another building.

The Pinay maid was brought to a hospital after she broke her legs from the fall. She was referred to the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economic and later sent to a nursing home.