Former civil servant Au Wai-chun has been granted an eighteen month probation after being found guilty of causing actual bodily harm to Raksona Begum, who was working in her home in Tseung Kwan O in September of last year. Begum was hospitalised for five days after receiving first and second degree burns from a boiling cup of water Au poured on her chest.
Au received a six month jail sentence, which was overturned after she explained to the judge that she had ‘lost her temper’. Au received support from her current domestic worker from the Philippines, who allegedly wrote to the court to ask for leniency. After the verdict, domestic worker advocates expressed their concern that a woman found guilty of assaulting a migrant domestic worker in her home would be permitted to hire another.
Au has previously plead ‘not guilty’ to her crime, stating that she was medically unable to lift the glass of water due to a joint condition. Au has also previously alibied that she was in the shower at the time of the incident.