Erwiana's boss gets six years in prison

Erwiana's boss gets six years in prison

The world has been watching this case, which will help redefine the role of domestic helpers in Hong Kong and around the world

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Law Wan-tung (left) was sentenced to six years in prison and fined HK$15,000 in the District Court.
Law Wan-tung (left) was sentenced to six years in prison and fined HK$15,000 in the District Court.
Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

The former abusive employer of Indonesian domestic worker Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was sentenced to six years in prison and fined HK$15,000 in the District Court yesterday morning.

Law Wan-tung, 44, was convicted two weeks ago of 18 of 20 charges, eight of which accused her of assaulting and criminally intimidating Erwiana and another Indonesian maid, Tutik Lestari Ningsih.

Law has been held in custody since the end of the 16-day trial.

The guilty verdict came after District Court Judge Amanda Woodcock found Erwiana was "too simple" to lie about the abuse she suffered, including the time Law twisted a metal tube from a vacuum cleaner in the maid's month, causing cuts to her lips. For this particular assault, Law was found guilty of "inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent", the most serious charge of all.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Erwiana's boss gets six years in prison

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