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Maid admits stealing employer’s jewelry worth $79k

07 April 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

Nisperos will be sentenced on Apr 21 at West Kowloon Court

A 33-year-old Filipina domestic helper has pleaded guilty in West Kowloon Court to the theft of assorted jewelry valued at $79,000 from her employer between December last year and early February this year.

Rubelyn Nisperos, married and a mother of 13-year-old girl, admitted the charge before Magistrate Lau Suk-han today, Apr 7.

Nisperos said through her lawyer that she had to provide for the medical needs of her ailing parents.

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She will be sentenced on Apr 21 after the magistrate reads a background report on her.

“Defendant, your offense is a serious breach of trust that you committed out of greed. I am going to adjourn your case for two weeks pending a background report. In the meantime, you are remanded in jail custody,” Lau said.

The prosecution said Nisperos stole the jewelry items between Dec 22 and Feb 2 in the house of her employer, Li Chung-yin, in Cheung Sha Wan.
Li discovered that several pieces of her jewelry were missing when she was cleaning her bedroom on Feb 6.

When the employer asked the defendant about the missing jewelry, Nisperos admitted taking them, and showed receipts from a pawnshop where she had hocked the items.

Li reported the theft to the police, who arrested the maid. On Feb 9, investigators recovered all the stolen items from the pawnshop. She was charged in Kwun Tong Court on Feb 12.

The prosecution said Nisperos, who came to Hong Kong in 2015 to work as a helper, has a clear record.
In mitigation, the defense lawyer asked for a lenient sentence, saying Nisperos pleaded guilty to the charge at the first instance and had no prior conviction.  

He said his client admitted committing the offense out of greed and because she needed money to buy her parents’ medicines.

When Lau asked Nisperos if she had proof such as medical certificates of her parents’ illnesses, she said yes but these were in the Philippines.

The magistrate adjourned the case until Apr 21.


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