Odds of acquittance if a maid makes false police report?

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If your maid falsely accuses you of physical abuse, would you

Pay her a sum of money to settle it out of court
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Engage the best lawyer you can afford to fight till the end
Blame it on bad luck and resign to your fate
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Odds of acquittance if a maid makes false police report?

Postby markfch » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:10 pm

Just wondering, if your maid falsely accuses you of abuse, even going to the extend of injuring herself physically to fake the evidence, what are your chances of being acquitted if she sticks to her story till the end?

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/ ... 10/1/.html

SINGAPORE: An Indonesian maid was jailed four months on Thursday for making a false police report, claiming that her employer's mother had abused her.

23-year-old Susanti had even splashed hot water on herself to frame 62-year-old Tjong Inggrid Tirtasari.

Susanti, who had accused Madam Tjong of splashing hot water on her, even had blisters down her back to prove her point.

The maid later admitted that the injuries were self-inflicted.

She had splashed hot water on herself as she did not want to continue working for her employer.

Police were notified of the alleged case of maid abuse at around 3pm on July 1 after an employee at the Indonesian Embassy called the authorities about the incident.

Assistant Superintendent Gabriel Chen interviewed Susanti at the Tanglin Police Division Headquarters at 8.25pm.

The maid claimed that Madam Tjong had splashed hot water on her between 10am and noon that day.

Susanti left her employer's Bishan flat and made her way down to the Indonesian Embassy soon after the alleged abuse.

Because of this false accusation, officers arrested Madam Tjong that evening and she was placed in police custody for nearly three hours.

The elderly woman was released on a bail of S$5,000 dollars at around 2am on July 2.

Susanti only admitted to Assistant Superintendent Chen on August 4 that she had fabricated the whole story as she had wanted to be sent home to Indonesia without having to settle an outstanding loan with her agency.

For giving false information to the police, Susanti could have been jailed up to a year, fined up to S$5,000 or both.

- CNA/fa
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Postby Angelight » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:50 pm

I think under Singapore law, one is innocent until proven guilty. And it would require a lot of evidences and witnesses to prove that. So it's not so easy to falsely accuse somebody.

Still, I would advise all employers including myself to be wary of our domestic maids. If they keep insisting on transfer or demand to return to their home country, just let them go. No point trying to retain them or give them an opportunity to frame us just to get out of their situation. Out of desperation, they are capable of doing anything.

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