Pinay accuses fellow FDH of stealing $40

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Kwun Tong Law Courts Building


A Filipino domestic helper accused her colleague of stealing $40 from her jacket which she had left inside her employer’s flat in Sai Kung.

Catherine C. testified at the Kwun Tong Magistrates Courts today (March 6) and accused her more senior colleague, Imelda B., of stealing two $20 bills out of the $141.5 that she had put inside the pocket of her jacket.

The initial charge said that the defendant took all the $141.5 but, when she testified in court, the complainant said that she lost only the $40.

“Hindi po $141.5 pero $40 was missing,” Catherine said.

The complainant had taken pictures of the $20 bills (with serial numbers EF253758 and GN009463) because she had previously lost $2,000.

The prosecution said the incident happened on Nov. 7, 2018 inside their employer’s flat in Sai Kung. Catherine had put the money in her jacket so that she could use it when she and her employer left the house.

But in her hurry, she forgot to bring along the jacket and she left it in the kitchen. She discovered the theft when they returned home later that day.

She told her employer and they called the police the following day. Imelda’s belongings were searched and the two $20 bills were found in her wallet.

Catherine added that Imelda also owed her $2,740, a claim that the defendant denied.

In her defense, Imelda accused the complainant of setting her up to get rid of her. She said they had arguments before about their work and Catherine allegedly badmouthed her to their employer.

Imelda, 51, said Catherine owed her $40 and when she asked her to pay, the complainant supposedly told her to get the money from her jacket.

Imelda’s lawyer noted that, if her client had stolen the money, why would she get only the $40 bills and leave behind the $101.5

She also noted that if Imelda had stolen the money, she would not have put the bills in her own wallet which could easily be discovered.

Kwun Tong Deputy Magistrate Philip Chan Chi-fai said he will hand down the verdict on March 15.