Maid abuse draws 18-year sentence


A Malaysian mother of four has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for abusing her Indonesian domestic worker. Judge Akhtar Tahir sentenced Yim Pek Ha, 40, on Thursday after she was found guilty of inflicting horrific wounds on Nirmala Bonat, who was working for her in a Kuala Lumpur condominium in 2004. “Nirmala Bonat has been consistent in her statements that her lady boss injured her, from the time she was found by a security guard,” said the judge when passing the sentence. Yim, a former flight attendant, was charged on three counts of causing injury to Nirmala, and had faced prison sentences of up to 20 years on each count. Nirmala, who was then 19, suffered severe burns and bruises over much of her body after Yim repeatedly pressed a hot iron on her back and breasts and scalded her with boiling water in the worst-ever case of maid abuse reported in the country.

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