‘Datin’ in Horrific Maid Abuse Case Placed on Good Behavior

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Described as one of the most tragic cases involving maid abuse in Malaysia, the perpetrator escaped imprisonment.

  • Viral video of victim seriously injured, lying near a drain in housing area
  • Victim suffered multiple injuries to her body, internal organs
  • First charged with attempt to murder, with penalty of 20 years or life imprisonment
  • Charge amended to causing grievous hurt
  • Changed plea to guilty after prosecution called 10 witnesses

The Petaling Jaya Sessions Court today ordered a housewife with a “Datin” title to be placed on a good behaviour bond for five years with a surety of RM20,000 for causing grievous hurt on an Indonesian domestic worker.

Judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar meted out the punishment on Rozita Mohamad Ali after she pleaded guilty to an amended charge of causing grievous hurt on the maid.

Rozita, 44, was accused of voluntarily causing grievous hurt on Suyanti Sutrinso, 19, with, among others, a kitchen knife, steel mop, umbrella, iron rod and clothes hanger.

It was reported that the maid suffered multiple injuries to her body and internal organs.

The offence was committed at a house in Jalan PJU 7/30, Mutiara Damansara, between 7am and noon on December 21, 2016.

When handing down the sentence, the judge said it did not mean that the accused had been freed because if she was found involved in criminal activities, she could be charged again over the same case and sentenced to jail.

The case drew public interest after a video of the victim went viral on social media.

In the video, the victim was seen seriously injured and lying near a drain in a housing area in Mutiara Damansara,

Rozita was charged under Section 326 of the Penal Code, which carries an imprisonment for up to 20 years and fine, if found guilty.

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Deputy public prosecutor VV Suloshani, who prosecuted, said the case was covered by the international media.

“This resulted in the country’s image to be tarnished and it also affected the good relations between Indonesia and Malaysia.

“Apart from that, this case is among nine most tragic cases involving maid abuse in the country,” she said.

Represented by lawyer Datuk Rosal Azimin Ahmad, Rozita changed her plea to guilty after the prosecution called 10 witnesses, including the victim, doctors who treated the maid and a Nepalese security guard.

In asking for his client to be placed on a good behaviour bond, Rosal Azimin said Rozita regretted her action.

On 30 December 2016, Rozita was first charged under Section 307 of the Penal Code with attempt to murder which carries the penalty of a 20-year jail term or life imprisonment.