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Domestic worker in custody after abuse claims (Updated)

A DOMESTIC worker from the Philippines was held in custody on Tuesday after CCTV footage showed her hitting a 17-year-old quadriplegic girl she was employed to take care of in Limassol.

The 55-year-old woman was arrested a day earlier when the mother reported the incident to police following footage she had seen from a secret camera placed in the room.

Scenes of the material broadcasted on Livenews showed the woman apparently slapping the girl and tugging at her hair.

The employee will remain in custody until Friday when the case is set to begin, Limassol district court decided.

According to Limassol police spokesman Ioannis Soteriades, the domestic worker denies any implication in the case and has requested legal aid for which the court will respond to on Friday.

She will be facing charges which include domestic violence, exercising psychological violence and abusing a person with special needs.

According to an aunt that spoke to Livenews the domestic worker had worked for them for two years.

Since May, the family had noticed the young girl bore several bruises. Although they went to several doctors they could not find any medical reasoning for the bruising.

They then decided to install cameras in their daughter’s bedroom where they saw footage of the alleged abuse.

The aunt said they were in a state of shock after seeing the footage.


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