|Friday, 19 October 2012 15:17|
KUALA LUMPUR: Maid abuse victim Nirmala Bonat of Indonesia and her former employers today failed to reach settlement of a suit filed by Nirmala seeking damages for pain and suffering.Nirmala's lawyer, M. Kavimani, told reporters that her client and her former employers, Yim Pek Ha and husband Hii Ik Ting, did not agree to the proposed terms of a solution and would proceed to trial in the High Court.
She said Judge Zainal L Salleh, who heard the mediation proceedings in chambers, also set Oct 24 for case management.
Nirmala was accompanied by a representative of the Indonesian embassy while Hii was accompanied by his lawyer, Gurmeet Singh.
Nirmala, 28, filed the suit at the High Court registry on Jan 28, 2010, naming both Yim and Hii as the first and second defendants.
In her statement of claim, Nirmala stated that she was employed by the couple, residing at Villa Putera, Jalan Tun Ismail here, in September 2003.
She claimed that during her employment at the couple's residence, she was abused and injured several times by Yim, including with a hot iron in January 2004.
She also claimed that Hii failed to stop his wife from injuring her as well as to provide her the necessary medical treatment for her injuries.
Nirmala is seeking general damages for pain and suffering that she underwent and more than RM40,000 in special damages for loss of income, medical expenses and other costs deemed fit by the court.
On Oct 1, the Court of Appeals upheld a High Court decision of a 12-year jail term on Yim after she was found guilty of three counts of inflicting injuries on Nirmala eight years ago. Yim is serving her jail term at the Kajang Women's Prison.
Meanwhile, Nirmala told reporters that she was currently residing in Kupang, Indonesia, and had a two-year-old son.