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Housewife beat ‘badly behaved’ maid, hears Dubai court

The maid ran away and was taken in by a neighbour who noticed her injuries and reported the employer to police, prosecutors told the Criminal Court.

DUBAI // A “badly behaved” maid was beaten so severely by her employer she was left with permanent damage to her arm, a court heard yesterday.

The maid ran away and was taken in by a neighbour who noticed her injuries and reported the employer to police, prosecutors told the Criminal Court.

SH, 59, an Emirati housewife, told the judge her maid “was not a good person” who did “many bad things” and would “tell stories”. However, she said that “despite her bad behaviour I didn’t hit her”.

The judge replied: “I don’t need these stories – did you hit her?”

“No, I didn’t,” replied the housewife.

The maid TS, 28, from Indonesia, said she had been working for the housewife for the past five months. “She acted badly towards me and was always upset and mad,” said the maid. She said the housewife had hit her on several occasions.

On one occasion the housewife twisted the maid’s arm so severely it caused permanent damage. A medical report estimated the injury as qualifying for a blood money settlement of 3 per cent.

A verdict is expected on November 27.

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