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Ex-DH jailed 31 months for multiple charges

14 April 2016

An overstaying Filipino former domestic worker was sentenced to 31 months in prison by a District Court judge on Dec 22 after he pleaded guilty to 16 charges, including burglary, theft, and breach of Immigration rules
Danilo T. Cayanong admitted his guilt before Judge Tim Casewell. He earlier appeared before Judge A. Kwok on Dec 1 supposedly to admit his guilt, but the judge deferred the plea-taking to Dec 22.
Cayanong pleaded guilty to three charges of burglary committed from June 26 to Aug 12 in two villages along Clearwater Bay Road, Sai Kung; 12 charges of using a stolen HSBC bank card to withdraw $22,075 in cash between July 26 and Aug. 12, and a charge of breach of condition of stay for overstaying in Hong Kong since July 16, 2011
The prosecution said Cayanong trespassed into a house in Sun On Village, Saikung, owned by his wife’s expatriate employer Christian Taylor, to steal two keys that he used to enter a second house, in Tui Min Hoi New Village. There he stole $11,000, an HSBC bank card issued to Taylor, and an Octopus card.
On Aug 2, he began using the card, withdrawing $8,000 in four transactions. How he managed to do it was not made clear in court. The next day, he took $8,025 also in various amounts, then came back for $6,025 in three transactions on Aug 4 and a final $3,000 on Aug 6  Police were alerted when Taylor discovered the burglary. When Cayanong was apprehended on Aug 14, they found out he had overstayed.
Judge Casewell imposed a three-year sentence for each of the burglary cases to be served concurrently, two years each for the theft charges to be served consecutively starting from the fifth month of the burglary sentence, and one month for each of the four years he overstayed to be served consecutively with the theft sentence
The prosecution said Cayanong and his wife had previously worked for the same employer, but he was terminated in mid-June 2011. He reportedly decided to stay on because he wanted to be with his wife.

The report noted that despite his illegal stay in Hong Kong, he had not taken on any job and received support from his wife. - Vir B. Lumicao
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