Elderly doctor jailed 30 months for molesting Filipina FDW

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Eastern Magistrates Courts in Sai Wan Ho

JULY 15 2021 — An elderly doctor found guilty of molesting his Filipino domestic worker was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment on Thursday.

Eastern Court Magistrate Daniel Tang meted out the sentence to Brian Drew Apthorp, 83, who was convicted of two counts of indecent assault against his female helper only named X earlier this month.

Apthorp’s defense counsel, Jonathan Midgley, immediately applied for bail pending appeal after the sentencing but Tang refused the application.

The defendant reportedly routinely sexually assaulted X in his house in Shouson Hill throughout her employment in 2018 and 2019.

In mitigation, Midgley pointed out that X did not make any complaint while she was with the defendant. He added that it was “insulting” to females and to Filipinos that she could not say no to the 83-year-old doctor.

Midgley also referred to Dr. John Simon, Apthorp’s regular physician, to enumerate several cardiovascular health problems the defendant had in asking for “compassion” with the sentencing.

The defense lawyer also said that based on background reports before the sentencing, Apthorp did not have psychological problems and that his chances of reoffending are “limited.”

Tang set the starting point of Apthorp’s jail sentence for both charges at 18 months each, with three months of the second charge to run concurrently with the first.

Another three months were deducted from Apthorp’s jail term due to his old age and health condition. Tang then directed the Correctional Services Department to pay special attention to his health.

Filipino community leader and Mission for Migrant Workers General Manager Cynthia Abdon-Tellez, who was present in court, said it was good that X stood up against her former employer.

“There’s a lot of psychological effect on the person,” Tellez said after the sentencing.

X has also launched a judicial review against the Commissioner of Police and the Secretary for Justice to challenge the decision made by the Commissioner that she is not a victim of human trafficking. Her case will be heard in the High Court on Sept. 28.