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Maid accused of stealing employer’s $100k ring

11 September 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

The accused reportedly took a tourmaline ring (this one is set with diamonds) and hid it among her stuff

A Filipina helper was charged today, Sept 11, in Eastern Court for allegedly stealing her employer’s $100,000 tourmaline ring in the latest of a string of big-value thefts involving maids in Hong Kong.

The defendant, L.V. Narcelles, 36, appeared before Magistrate Bina Chainrai for the reading of the charge following her arrest on Sept 9. No plea was taken.

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The prosecution accused the defendant of stealing the ring that belonged to Chua Eh-fong between Aug 27 and Sept 9 in the employer’s house in Regalia Bay, 88 Wong Ma Kok Road, Stanley.

Chua alleged that she last saw the ring on Aug 27 and noticed it was gone on Sept 9. She reported the matter to police.

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Officers arrived and searched the defendant’s belongings, and according to the prosecution, found the ring there.

The case was adjourned until Oct 23 for further police investigation and legal advice.

Chainrai ordered the defendant remanded in police custody.

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Several cases of high-value jewelry thefts in Hong Kong homes that were blamed on foreign domestic helpers have been filed in the city’s courts over the past year.

The biggest case so far involved $14.6 million w

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A. Rima was accused of stealing cash and jewelry worth over $140,000 from her North Point employer between Dec 19 last year and Aug 5 this year.In August alone, two Filipina maids were arrested for allegedly stealing large amounts of cash and jewelry from their employers. Two others were sent to jail after pleading guilty.orth of assorted jewelry and gold bars allegedly stolen between May 13, 2018 and Aug 11 last year by Filipina helper Carmelita Nones in the house of her businessman employer, David Liang, in Deepwater Bay.


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In the second-biggest of the theft cases involving Filipina helpers, E. Emperador, 50, was arrested by police on Aug 7 for allegedly stealing $860,000 worth of watches and jewelry from her female employer in Homantin, Kowloon over 10 months.

On Aug 25, Chainrai jailed Margie Tagulao to 20 months in jail after she admitt

ed stealing 11 jewelry pieces worth $543,000 in all from her female employer on Big Wave Road, Shek O. The thefts took place from Jan 1, 2019 and June 9 this year.

Earlier, Chainrai sentenced 34-year-old Marites Borines to 6 months in jail on Aug 13 after she admitted stealing $80,000 from her employers in Quarry Bay between May 1 and June 28 this year to repay debt.

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