The West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts in Hong Kong. Photo: Google Maps

A Filipino domestic worker has been acquitted of theft in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court in Hong Kong after being accused of stealing a Gucci bag from her employer’s mother in February, 2017, reported.

Lailany D.T. had pleaded not guilty and insisted that the Gucci bag had been abandoned by the employer’s mother.

Judge Edward Wong Ching-yu had asked the prosecutor if the employer’s mother could testify if the bag was really given to the defendant, but the prosecutor failed to provide other evidence.

Meanwhile, the judge said a prosecution witness claimed the employer’s mother “did not abandon” the bag, but the magistrate noted that the witness did not live in the house where the elderly woman and the defendant were staying.

Judge Wong said that after examining the bag, he found it was “very old, very dirty and very smelly, consistent with being refuse.”

Leilany was happy with the magistrate’s decision to acquit her. She no longer worked for her accuser and had yet to find another employer.

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