Gran found in puddle of own urine after being kept as ‘slave’ for eight years

A grandmother who was found in a puddle of her own urine was kept as a slave for eight years, a court has been told.

The woman, now in her 60s, claimed she was regularly beaten with frozen chickens, kicked and had boiling tea "thrown in her face."

Addressing the trial at the Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia earlier today, the victim, originally from Tamil Nadu, India, also said she had scolding hot tea thrown in her face, denied sleep and was only allowed to shower once a week.

The horrific ordeal finally came to an end when was taken to hospital after being found in a puddle of urine. She weighed just 40kg and was diagnosed with diabetes and sepsis.

A married couple, who have children and have not been named, is accused of possessing the woman as a slave in Melbourne between 2007 and 2015.

Her pre-recorded evidence revealed the wife would abuse her "almost every day."

Speaking through an interpreter, she told the court: "She will take a chicken, frozen chicken, and hit on my head and all that.

"First time I don’t know. It's, like, almost every day."

She added that the wife would throw hot tea at her when she was "unhappy" and pour boiling water over her legs.

"She'll be drinking and then she will throw it on my face," she said.

"When it’s bubbling, she will put it on my leg."

She was also denied sleep, kicked, and called an "orphan" and a "beggar".

The woman told investigators: “If I go and sleep then she will come and pour the water on me and then put the light, and she won't let me sleep.

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She was allegedly imprisoned in the couple's home and only allowed to use the microwave whenever they went on holiday.

Cupboards were taped shut, the stove would be covered and blinds were always closed, she said.

Prosecutors told the jury the woman's son-in-law had made a deal with the couple in 2007 to get her paid work as a childminder and housemaid before she was enslaved.

She had previously worked for the couple twice before 2007 and was allowed to return home.

The couple deny possessing, controlling or abusing the woman. The trial continues.

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