High Court sends maid abuser to jail today for eight years

 |Mar 29, 2018

SHAH ALAM: A High Court here today sentenced a housewife who abused her maid, causing her grievous injuries, to imprisonment of eight years. The judge ordered the sentence to take effect today, refusing an application to stay the execution.

In allowing the review of deputy public prosecutor Iskandar Ahmad, Judicial commissioner Tun Majid Tun Hamzah ruled that the good behaviour bond imposed by the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court on Rozita Mohamad Ali earlier this month was incorrect.

The decision had sparked outrage after she was released on a good behaviour bond for abusing her maid in 2016.

“I am of the view that the lower court has wrongly exercised its discretion in imposing the bond.

“This court’s order does not reflect the seriousness of this offence,” he said.

Tun Majid said the Sessions Court had wrongly considered the fact that Indonesian maid Suyanti Sutrinso, 21, had withdrawn her police report during the trial as a mitigating factor before imposing the bond.

“Once a police report was lodged, it was no longer her case. It is now the state’s case.

“And it is up to the Attorney-General to pursue the case against the alleged perpetrator if he finds there is sufficient evidence for the complaint,” Tun Majid said.

The court added that Suyanti had been employed as a domestic worker and was not a slave.

Tun Majid ordered Rozita, 44, to serve her jail sentence from today. He refused an application for stay of execution by Rozita’s lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla, who said he had been instructed to appeal against the jail sentence.

According to The Star Online, Haniff said his client was willing to have her passport impounded and to adhere to any other additional conditions imposed.

Dressed in black from head to toe, Rozita appeared calm and had an in-depth discussion with her platoon of lawyers led by Haniff.

Before she was handcuffed and led out of the court, she pinned part of her headscarf to cover the lower part of her face.

Rozita was bound over for five years on a bond of RM20,000 by the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court after she changed her plea and pleaded guilty to causing grievous hurt to Suyanti.

A video of Suyanti seriously injured and lying near a drain in a housing area in Mutiara Damansara went viral in December 2016.

It was reported then that Rozita had allegedly used a kitchen knife, a clothes hanger, a steel mop and an umbrella to cause multiple injuries to Suyanti’s head, hands, legs and internal organs.

An online petition against the court’s sentence attracted over 70,000 signatures.

She caused another stir last week when she did not turn up at the court at the scheduled date for the hearing of the revision of her sentence and it was adjourned to today.