Bail denied for Filipina worker who kept around HK$4.8M stolen property

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Eastern Magistrates' Court in Sai Wan Ho

The detained sister of a Filipina domestic worker who earlier pleaded guilty to multimillion-dollar jewellery theft charges was denied bail on Wednesday.

Marina G. Biala, also a domestic worker, appeared before Magistrate Peter Law at the Eastern Court for the transfer of her case to the District Court for trial.

Her first hearing is on June 24. She was remanded in jail custody until then.

Biala was charged with handling around HK$4.8 million in jewellery stolen from Helen Frances Liang, the wife of former New World Executive Director David Liang. She earlier pleaded not guilty.

Among the items Biala was accused of keeping were 18 necklaces, five pendants, four bangles, 13 pairs of earrings, four single earrings, a brooch, HK$4,000, one gold coin, and three charms.

Two days ago, Biala’s sister Carmelita Nones pleaded guilty to six counts of theft. Nones had admitted to stealing HK$14.6 million worth of jewellery and luxury items from the Liang couple several times between June 2018 to Sept. 2019.

Nones’ niece, Maricris Nones, and her cousin Cristina N. Alagna also earlier pleaded guilty to four and six charges respectively of handling or pawning items Carmelita Nones stole.