A 28-year-old Filipina domestic worker was charged with two counts of theft at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Her employer, Justice Jonathan Harris, alleges that she stole his wallet last week.
Oriental Daily reports that the defendant, Canacio Marites Patino, is accused of having stolen the judge’s wallet – containing HK$700 (US$89) in cash, two credit cards and a driver’s license – at the judge’s villa in Mid-Levels, and HK$590 in cash from another domestic worker employed by the judge, between January 9 and 12.
The judge is reported to have questioned the defendant on discovering the theft but was met with denials. After terminating her contract, the judge reported the case to the police.
Officers intercepted the defendant at the Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday as she tried to leave Hong Kong.
No plea was taken and the trial was adjourned until February 13. The defendant was remanded in custody.