A Filipina domestic worker has been sentenced to a month in prison for stealing personal belongings worth more than HK$20,000 from her employer’s niece.
Defendant Maricris Malana, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of theft at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, sunwebhk.com reported.
The defendant, who had worked for her employer Winnie Yung in Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island for less than two months, was accused of stealing valuables that belonged to Yung’s niece worth over HK$20,000 (US$2,548) between September 4 and October 26 last night.
The niece was staying with Yung. She reportedly noticed that some of her personal property was missing but took no action initially.
But on October 26, Yung found all the missing items in a drawer in the worker’s room.
Her niece confirmed the goods – which included a Hermes wallet worth HK$20,000, a silver necklace that cost HK$500, a silver ring valued at HK$300, a YSL lipstick worth HK$300 and a pair of Zara boots valued at HK$500 – belonged to her.
The employer reported the matter to police, who arrested Malana.