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Helper Awarded $350k in Indecent Assault Case
A Filipina domestic helper has been awarded a whopping $367,790 in damages from her former employer who was jailed for indecently assaulting her, and then threatening her after his release.
Chan Chau-wing was ordered to pay his former helper, J.T., 39, $140,000 for “pain, suffering and loss of amenities,” $30,000 for aggravated damages, a further $30,000 for loss of future earnings, $74,560 for the pre-trial loss of earnings; $48,230 for the miscellaneous special damages and $45,000 for future medical expenses.
In his order handed down on Jan. 29, Judge Simon Leung also ordered that a two percent interest per annum shall be paid for general damages from the date of the writ, and four percent on special damages from the date J.T. left Chan’s employ on Jan.23, 2008.
Chan was also ordered to pay the costs of the suit.
The hearing of the case began last Dec 11 despite Chan’s absence and the court’s failure to contact him at the address and telephone number he had earlier provided. He also did not appear at the trial.
Chan was jailed for five months on Jun 10, 2008 for three counts of indecent assault and three counts of criminal intimidation against J.T.
Nine months later, he called JT and threatened to kill her. Chan was again arrested and subsequently jailed for three months for intimidation. But the conviction was later quashed on appeal with the trial judge saying Chan did not receive a fair trial.
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