A 32-year-old Indonesian woman employed as a domestic worker was jailed for 12 months by a Singapore court on Monday after admitting to stealing of five items worth a total of S$54,450 (US$40,029) from her former employer in 2016.
The court heard that defendant Siti Nur Sopiyati served in a Nassim Hill apartment of a businesswoman surnamed Lee between 2013 and March 2016, The Straits Times reported on Monday.
In March 2016, the employer found some of her valuables were missing. Both of Lee’s Indonesian domestic workers – one of which was Sopiyati – denied stealing the missing items and none of the lost valuables were recovered, which prompted Lee to sack the pair to put an end of the matter.
But by November 2016, Lee was able to report the suspected theft to police after her sister spotted Sopiyati – who had been seen in pictures posted on Instagram wearing the stolen items.
All the stolen items, including a Chopard ladies’ watch worth S$35,000, a Celine snakeskin handbag that cost S$7,500, a pink Hermes crocodile skin wallet worth S$10,000, as well as a black T-shirt worth S$150 and a gold ring with diamonds worth S$1,800, were recovered from Sopiyati, who admitted stealing some items in January.
According to the local law, the maximum penalty for theft by a servant is up to seven years in jail plus a fine.