A young Singaporean man who threw a metal mug at their Filipino household helper, fracturing her nose, was sentenced by the court on Tuesday (September 1) to at least six months’ reformative training.
The 20-year-old defendant, Ng Jia Sheng, will be detained at a center and undergo a strict regimen that includes foot drills and counseling.
Young Man in Singapore who Threw a Mug at Filipina Maid to Undergo Reformative Training
The defendant pleaded guilty in June to using criminal force on their Filipina domestic worker, Estabillo Soledad Agustin in 2018, as well as causing grievous hurt by performing a rash act, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
He also admitted to using insulting words on the 41-year-old Filipina that caused her alarm, which is an offense under the Protection from Harassment Act.
Ms. Agustin has since returned home to the Philippines.
Court documents revealed that Ng and Agustin had gotten in an argument at the defendant’s family residence in Greenwood Avenue near Dunearn Road on June 7, 2018.
Ng had asked the maid to turn on the air conditioner and had gotten angry when she responded in an “irritated manner.”
The two subsequently got into an argument when Ms. Agustin turned on the AC and reportedly threw the controller on the table.
Court document revealed that the argument had escalated to the point where both parties were shouting at each other.
The youth then spat at the maid’s face to which she responded in kind.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Zhou Yihong had earlier said: “During the altercation, the accused told the victim that she was only a maid, was poor and had no right to be in Singapore.”
The DPP added that Ng went after the maid to the kitchen after his father intervened and separated both of them.
Ng then picked up a metal mug and hurled at the maid, hitting her on the face.
The maid started crying and retaliated by throwing various objects such as plastic medicine bottles and a plastic jug at Ng before his brother restrained her.
None of the items she threw hit Ng.
Ms. Agustin then went out of the house and told another maid to call the police.
Upon examination at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital later that day, the doctors reported that the maid had suffered multiple facial injuries, including a fracture on her nose.
Ng has been released with a bail of SGD 10,000 and will have to turn in himself at the State Court on November 20 to begin serving his sentence.