About the case
Lim Choon Hong and his wife, Chong Sui Foon, both 48, pleaded guilty in March to charges of failing to provide their former Filipino domestic worker with adequate food for 15 months, causing her weight to drop by almost 20kg.
Madam Thelma Oyasan Gawidan, 40, who now works for another household, weighed just 29.4kg in April 2014, compared with 49kg when she came to Singapore in late 2012.
The couple slept during the day because of Lim's work as a freelance trader. They gave Madam Gawidan two meals a day at their home in Cuscaden Walk.
The first meal, usually provided at around 1am to 2am, comprised two to three slices of plain white bread and one to two packets of instant noodles.
Occasionally, Chong mixed very small portions of vegetables and meat with the noodles.
The second meal, given in the late morning or early afternoon, would be five to six slices of bread.
Lim bought Madam Gawidan's food.
Meanwhile, Lim, Chong and their children, aged 22, 19 and 17, ate different food, which was greater in quantity and more nutritious.
On April 19, 2014, Madam Gawidan fled the apartment after she was left alone near the lift.
In March this year, Lim pleaded guilty to a charge of contravening the Employment of Foreign Manpower (Work Passes) Regulations 2012, which requires employers to pay and provide adequate food and medical treatment for their helpers.
Chong admitted to a count of abetting Lim in committing the offence, which carries a punishment of up to 12 months' jail and a $10,000 fine.