Abused maid seeks $800,000 in damages

Local | Phoebe Ng 5 Dec 2017

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, the Indonesian maid tortured by her former employer, is seeking HK$809,430 in compensation for her injuries.

Erwiana, 26, told the District Court that she still feels nervous when thinking about the "nightmare" she endured at the hands of her ex-employer, Law Wan-tung.

"I still feel hatred toward my previous employer," she said in the witness box.

Erwiana also revealed that she suffers from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"I am better, but my wounds will never disappear," she said yesterday.

However, Law accused Erwiana of attributing her own illness to the injuries she suffered. "She [Erwiana] can ask herself whether her injuries were that serious and whether they were caused by me," said the 46-year-old, who was sentenced to six years in prison in February 2015. "God knows that, she knows that."

The hearing for the assessment of damages was supposed to last three days, but finished within the first morning as Law refused to say anything.

"I have no lawyer, I have nothing to say, whatever he [Tony Ko, barrister for Erwiana] says," said Law, who was not legally represented as her legal aid application was denied last June. "It is a waste of time [to carry on the proceedings] if you [the judge] keeps thinking it is my fault."

She also slammed the legal system in Hong Kong."I am not trying to complain, but Hong Kong's laws are not protecting people of Hong Kong," the housewife said.

District Judge Winnie Tsui Wan-wah said Law's complaints came after she was given the opportunity to make her own submission. As a result, the "factual allegations would not be considered."

Judge Tsui said: "[Law] wholly failed to substantiate her application and therefore her application must fail."

Law was subsequently ordered to pay HK$10,000 before December 18.

Erwiana also asked the court to bar Law from transferring her property to her husband. Judgment for this was also reserved.

phoebe.ng@singtaonewscorp.com

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