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A former veteran police officer was sentenced to two weeks’ jail on Tuesday (Feb 18) and ordered to pay the victim S$1,160 in compensation  for shouting abusive words at her domestic helper and physically abusing her, including spitting at her face.

Nazriah Md Isa, 41, held the rank of sergeant in the Singapore Police Force when she committed her offences, but resigned after being charged with the offences.

The victim felt humiliated and distressed by Nazriah’s insults, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Kathy Chu.

The victim threw pieces of paper with messages asking for help out of the flat, and they fluttered to the first floor.

A woman read the messages in Bahasa Indonesia and called a helpline. It was then flagged to the police.The maid was later taken to hospital with a bruise on her forehead.

Nazriah pleaded guilty to two charges of voluntarily causing hurt, with a third charge taken into consideration.

The penalty for voluntarily causing hurt is a jail term of up to two years, a fine up to S$5,000, or both.

If committed by an employer against her maid, the penalties can go up to one-and-a-half times the original penalty.