A Filipina domestic helper has stated in court that she was shocked when her employer pulled a diamond ring from the pocket of her backpack on April 24.
Jeambreth Algura made the statement during her trial in Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court on July 10 for allegedly stealing two diamond rings owned by the female employer she had served for the past seven years, the sunwebhk.com reported.
The defendant told the court that her employer Lau Yi-ki sent her on an errand that day. When she came back to find two police officers in the apartment, she noticed that her umbrella, which she usually put in the pocket of her backpack, was in the wrong place.
The defendant said the officers informed her that she was being investigated over the loss of her employer’s two rings.
The defendant said Lau opened her luggage and spilled her personal belongings onto the living room floor.
Then, the employer opened her backpack and did the same, in doing so discovering one of the two missing rings and allegedly spotting the other.
When the police officers asked Algura her how the rings got into her backpack, she said she was shocked to be suspected of stealing.
Upon cross-examination by the prosecution lawyer, the defendant mentioned she was told once by Lau’s elder son, who lived in a separate unit, that his mother wanted to take revenge on her because his younger brother was closer to the maid than their mother.
The younger son, who is now 16 years old, gave evidence to the court saying the defendant is a helpful and honest domestic worker, adding that he was very close to her as the maid had been taking care of him since he was eight years old.
Algura was remanded in custody after the hearing. She has been in detention since Apr 24, when bail was refused.
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guys i think u need to get off mike foo’s back. dun be into him simply because u took things out of context or he didn’t elaborate much to your flavor. i’m sure if mike dosesn’t or didn’t care, he’d simply have had let go and move on and let you people grab every bit way to stand on top of the other. but he stayed and tried he did to civily talk things out, didn’t he? so lets give everyone a break. a wrong was done to algura, thats the fact. but the police was being polite when they asked how the ring ended up in the bag. algura have the days chronological events, like being sent for an errand and fast forward to authorities being at the residence when she got back. and theres that’s testimony of the elder son of some ulterior motive of the mother *being* uncomfortable(my term/word) of how things have shappened** up over the years between the kid and the servant. now going back to mike’s line. yes kinda cultural in ways. we all agree as asians we value family, extended family, in-laws or that adapted notion of embracing a non blood kin as part of family- be that servant, worker or what-not. now, we do have some differences as given, that paid serfs does differ from point of view from region to region and at ecomical level, etc. and more particular when the above affects personal and emotional territories. anyhow to make it short, the above mentioned mother shall we say, got a bit unstable after thru the years felt distant and maybe guilt* that the younger son was more attached to the house help rather to her. instinct kicked in – by some mild schizophrenic level, she snap: decided to destroy that symbol she fears by planting a circumstantials evidence(she didn’t even thought it out thoroughly that it could be contested). so ok. having said thus. lets all go back and mind search and reflect. are we still conversational to the point of having a logical talk and instead contribute to prevent, avoid, give some inputs so the above won’t have any recurrence? can we dare to meet the challenge? . . .. i’d like to add, this dialogue box is here so we can bridge differences, reach to minds and organization to the betterment of humanity, reach each other – and be humane. this is a tool we can use for a common good. use this to bash or trash other people minds? that retrogress . . not progress . ..
girl is way way too old for the son to think otherwise than as some faithfull but dependable hired hands. mother too delusional to think love is in the air. its more like: MOTHER is NUTS . . . son is attached to house help which he had look upon as some convenient surrogate. MOTHER is NUTS ten times over guilt, emotional distress, attention deprived etc and the realization of years of non direct involvement and wants to paint a different picture to shock the kid back unto her arms, and rid of the physical barrier so to speak
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