Penang orphan caregiver gets one-year sentence for scalding domestic helper

The Penang Magistrate’s Court had originally convicted Lim for the offence but she was was acquitted and discharged by the Penang High Court following an appeal last April. — IStock.com pic via AFP
The Penang Magistrate’s Court had originally convicted Lim for the offence but she was was acquitted and discharged by the Penang High Court following an appeal last April. — IStock.com pic via AFP

PUTRAJAYA, July 18 — A 49-year-old woman was sentenced to a year’s jail by the Court of Appeal here today for scalding her domestic helper almost five years ago.

Lim Lee Poh, who runs a children orphanage, was also fined RM20,000 in default two years jail and ordered to pay RM10,000 compensation to the victim Koay Ley Kheng.

A three-member bench, in a 2-1 majority decision, allowed the prosecution’s appeal to reinstate the Penang Magistrate’s Court’s decision which had convicted Lim for the offence.

Lim was acquitted and discharged by the Penang High Court which had allowed her appeal on April 18, last year.

Justices Datuk Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil and Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah decided the majority decision in favour of the prosecution while Justice Datuk Rhodzariah Bujang dissented.

Justice Abdul Karim who chaired the bench, however, varied the sentence from three years’ jail, which was imposed on Lim by the Magistrate’s Court, to a year’s jail with RM20,000 fine and RM10,000 compensation to the victim.

In setting aside the High Court decision to acquit Lim, Justice Abdul Karim said the prosecution’s appeal has merits.

Lim was found guilty and sentenced to three years’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court on February 24, 2017, for causing hurt to 29-year-old Koay in an apartment in Jalan Bukit Bendera, Ayer Itam, Penang on Aug 20, 2014.

According to the facts of the case, Lim had poured hot water on the back of the victim’s body.

Lawyer Dev Kumaraendran pleaded the court to give mercy to his client and vary the jail sentence but deputy public prosecutor Datuk Nazran Mohd Sham requested the court to maintain the three years’ jail sentence. — Bernama