The High Court in Shah Alam today (March 29) sentenced a Malaysian housewife to eight years in prison for abusing her Indonesian maid two years ago, according to the New Straits Times Online.
The imprisonment sentence came after Judge Tun Ahd Majid Tun Hamzah set aside the sessions court order sentencing Rozita Mohamad Ali to be bound over for five years on a good behavior bond of RM20,000.
On March 15, Petaling Jaya sessions court let Rozita off with a mere good behavior bond of five years even though the prosecution had pressed for a jail sentence concerning the severity of the crime.
Rozita’s lawyer pleaded for the minimum sentence on the ground that his client is a housewife. But the prosecution pressed for a deterrent sentence, stating that the case involved public interest.
Rozita had admitted to abusing the maid, 19-year old Suyanti Sutriso, using kitchen knife, a steel mop, a clothes hanger and an umbrella in 2016, causing multiple injuries to the victim’s head, hands, legs and internal organs.
Rozita was initially charged with attempted murder which carries a maximum jail term of 20 years if convicted. But the charge was later changed to causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons.