The Oaklands in Yuen Long. Photo: Google Maps

A Filipino domestic worker based in Yuen Long, in Hong Kong’s New Territories, has been put on trial for allegedly stealing handbags worth HK$3,000 (US$385) from her employer.

On Monday, the trial of Rosanna Ranola, who had been hired by Lam Ka Wai on May 2016, began in Tuen Mun Court, where she faced a charge of theft, sunwebhk.com reported.

Lam said her family had moved to a bigger home in a complex called The Oaklands in Yuen Long from Tai Wai, also in the New Territories, last February. She said that since then her domestic worker’s performance had become unsatisfactory, as Ranola complained about the heavier workload in the new home.

Last October 4, Lam and Ranola had an argument about Lam’s daughter’s school uniform not being washed. The argument intensified and Ranola said she wanted to quit right away.

Lam told Ranola she could not leave until November 2 because she had to give one month’s notice, but the maid persisted that she wanted to leave right away.

Ranola ran to her room and started calling her friends for help. Lam followed her and saw that the maid had already packed her things.

Lam ordered her to unpack her luggage, and discovered two of her handbags buried under a pile of clothes. The bags reportedly cost a total of HK$3,000.

Ranola allegedly claimed at first that Lam had given the handbags to her, but then she changed her statement and said Lam had thrown them away.

The trial will resume on February 15.

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