A 25-year-old Indian-origin man in Singapore has been sentenced to six months in prison for brutally thrashing his domestic help in 2020. Surya Krishnan was also ordered to pay Rs 8,500 as compensation to the victim, who is a domestic worker. Myanmar. Krishnan pleaded guilty to a count of voluntarily causing hurt to his domestic worker – where the intention of the injury was not serious, but it turned out to be. Channel News Asia reported that the second charge of kicking the maid on the head, shoulder and thigh was considered.
The court heard that the victim is a 27-year-old Myanmarese, who used to work with Surya’s sister. Surya lived with his sister, parents and the victim in a flat at Hougang Housing Estate here. On the night of May 29, 2020, Suriya’s family was celebrating their father’s birthday at the apartment. Before the festivities began, Surya drank a 750 ml bottle of liquor and was intoxicated.
Around 8.30 pm, Surya’s mother instructed the victim to cut jelly for Suriya. The victim went to the kitchen to do so, but was followed by Surya, who asked her to cook some food for her. The victim remarked to the effect that Surya ate a lot. This, along with the fact that he didn’t cut the jelly the way he wanted, upset Surya.
He scolded the victim, to which her mother intervened and scolded her. He left the kitchen, but returned later and punched the maid in the face three times. A punch hit her under her right eye, and she covered her face in pain and was terrified. Surya was stopped by his family members. The victim sought medical treatment and was found to have suffered fractures of her right orbital plane and lamina papyresia around the socket of her eye. He also had bruises and was bleeding, it was painful to move his eyes. The domestic worker was hospitalized and later discharged for outpatient follow-up treatment, and the hospital filed a police report.
After the incident she stopped working for Surya’s sister, but she was paid for the month of May 2020. She got a new job on August 7, 2020, but went without pay for the months of June and July that year. The prosecutor, seeking seven months in prison, said the case involved a vulnerable victim, and that Surya was voluntarily drunk at the time.
In addition, the prosecution sought an order of compensation of SGD 8,500. Of this, SGD1,000 was for the loss of income of the victim, and SGD7,500 for his pain and suffering. Surya’s lawyer instead sought six months’ jail. He said the maid smiled when Surya’s mother scolded him, who “instigated” him to punch him. The lawyer said that his client is unable to pay the compensation and will serve the jail term in default. The judge ordered Suriya to undergo a six-month jail term. According to the channel’s report, if he cannot pay SGD8,500 in compensation, he will have to serve another month in default.
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