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Alleged $1M jewelry theft case against Filipina maid postponed anew

01 April 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao
 
Nones appeared in Eastern magistracy, but her case is expected to be moved to a higher court 

A Filipina domestic helper charged with stealing at least $1 million worth of jewelry from her employer in Deepwater Bay, will appear in court again on May 19 after the case against her was adjourned anew for legal advice.

Carmelita Nones, 45, appeared in Eastern Court on Mar 31, for the continuation of the hearing of the biggest theft case ever filed against a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong.

Prosecutors had earlier said they would finalize the case against the defendant during the hearing so it could be transferred to a higher court.


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However, they again asked for an adjournment, saying they needed more time to get legal advice.

Defense counsel Mohammed Shah did not oppose the application, but asked the prosecution to make sure there would be no further postponement.

“I thought this would be the last adjournment,” Shah said, as he reminded the court that at the previous hearing on Jan 24, the prosecution had also asked for further time to finalize its case.
“This should be the last adjournment for final legal advice so we can go to trial,” he said.

Magistrate Stephanie Tsui granted the adjournment and ordered Nones remanded in custody.

The Filipina faces five counts of theft, all involving various jewelry items worth more than $1million which she alleged stole from his employers, business executive David Liang and his wife.
She was arrested on Sept 4 in the Liangs’ luxury flat at 70 Deepwater Bay Road in Hong Kong Island South, and was initially charged with stealing two gold Piaget watches worth a total of $200,000.

On Nov. 29,  she pleaded guilty to the stealing the watches, but a private lawyer for the Liangs asked the court to defer sentencing as more pawnshop receipts were reportedly found among Nones’ belongings and more charges could be filed.
The court was told investigators found five more stolen jewelry pieces in the pawnshop where Nones had allegedly hocked the watches. Four other stolen jewelry items were also reportedly found in her handbag.

Her guilty plea was not accepted while the case was deferred for further inquiries.

Nones has been held without bail since her arrest.


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