An Indonesian domestic worker has been given a five-month jail term after she was found guilty of abusing her employers’ children.
Adriana Marsalina, 38, was found guilty of seven counts of child abuse at Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts.
A security camera caught Marsalina hitting her employers’ two children, a four-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy, at their home from February 11 to 17.
The court heard that the children had been slapped in the face by Marsalina. The girl was struck 12 times in three days and the boy 14 times.
Marsalina previously denied all seven counts and told the magistrate that she was trying to teach the two children to behave when they did not eat properly or finish their homework, according to RTHK.
The defence said that the wounds were only temporary and the chances of Marsalina being a repeat offender were very low, since she would not be allowed to work in Hong Kong again.
The magistrate rejected these claims, stressing the need to protect children and that the two siblings did not know how to defend themselves.
The Support Group for Hong Kong Employers with Foreign Domestic Helpers waited outside the magistrates court and applauded after finding out that the defendant was found guilty of all seven counts.
The group raises awareness of domestic workers abusing children and elderly people.
Benny Lee, an organiser of the group, welcomed the verdict, but said that the sentence was not long enough.