Woman cleared of three counts of hurting her domestic helper
A woman has been cleared of three counts of hurting her domestic helper.
45-year-old Daliana Abdullah's former maid, Putri Andanari, had accused her of causing hurt between October and December 2009.
Ms Putri alleged that Ms Daliana slapped her on the face, pulled her hair and hit her head against the wall.
Ms Daliana then claimed trial.
But in his oral judgement, District Judge Lim Tse Haw said the prosecution's case "rests substantially on the evidence of the domestic helper".
And in his view, the judge said there was "a critical moment" where he was unconvinced by Ms Putri's evidence in court.
He noted that the witness changed her evidence when questioned about the way in which Ms Daliana allegedly hit her.
Judge Lim pointed out that Ms Putri was not consistent in giving evidence and this diminished her credibility.
He said in order to find Ms Daliana guilty, Ms Putri's evidence has to be "so compelling that a conviction could be based solely on it".
But in this instance, it was not the case.
So the judge acquitted Ms Daliana on all three counts of maid abuse.
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