A Filipina domestic worker has been acquitted of theft at Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Court in Hong Kong. Cheryl Canonoy pleaded not guilty after being accused by her Pakistani employer of stealing a necklace worth HK$2,500 (US$319), a gold bangle, earrings and money between Dec. 1 and Dec. 18, sunwebhk.com reported.
The employer also claimed the defendant admitted the offense by saying “sorry” to the police officer who investigated the case.
But magistrate Kelly Shui noted that the police officer, the second prosecution witness, was unsure whether this was an admission of guilt.
In her verdict, the magistrate questioned the employer’s version of events and said: “The prosecution witness may have made up all the evidence against the defendant.”
The domestic worker plans to file a compensation claim against her former employer and complain to the immigration department after she was forced to work in two houses, an official from the assistance to nationals section of the Philippines Consulate General in Hong Kong confirmed.