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Overstayed DH gets suspended sentence

19 June 2016

A 39-year-old former domestic helper was handed a two-month jail sentence suspended for three years on June 8 after pleading guilty in a Shatin court to a charge of overstaying her visa in Hong Kong for nearly two years.
Armilyn B. Sogoni, who was in police custody, appeared before Magistrate Colin Wong and admitted her offense.
Sogoni was arrested by police last June 2 for overstaying her visa.
She came to Hong Kong to work as a domestic helper at the end of April 2014. Shortly after arriving, she was convicted for theft and was supposed to have returned home before June 3, 2014, but she stayed.
According to the duty lawyer who represented Sogoni, the Filipina had said she wanted to go home to her children because his husband had left her.
Wong warned her not to commit any offense during the three-year suspension period, otherwise she would serve the sentence in addition to whatever penalty she would get for the new offense. – Vir B. Lumicao

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