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Filipina to enter plea to alleged jewelry theft in District Court

15 October 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The transfer of the case to District Court means a more serious theft allegation 

A Filipina domestic helper charged with stealing various items including jewelry and food stuff has been ordered by a magistrate to appear in the District Court on Nov. 2 for the plea taking.

Olive L. Clores appeared before Eastern Court Magistrate Andrew Mok today, Oct 15, where an amended charge against her was read out. She has been in detention since here arrest in late May.

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The prosecution alleged that between an unspecified date in 2018 and May 25 this year, the defendant stole two diamond bracelets, 1 diamond ring, 12 bracelets, 12 rings, earrings, face masks, clothes, one bottle sunblock, one bottle shampoo, one bottle conditioner and food items.

The stolen property were said to belong to a woman who lives in a flat on the 24th floor of Pine Mansion, Taikoo Shing. The prosecution did not say if the owner of the goods is the employer of the defendant.


No other details were given about the case, including the value of the stolen items. However, only the more serious indictable offences originally brought before the magistracy are transferred to the District Court for disposition.

The magistrate reminded the Filipina that when the case goes to the higher court she would no longer be represented through the Duty Lawyer Service so she must apply for representation from the Legal Aid Department.


He advised the defendant to apply for representation from the Legal Aid Department and remanded her in custody.

The case comes just a month after another Filipina helper, Carmelita Nones, was sentenced at the High Court to nearly five years in jail after she admitted stealing $14.6 million worth of jewelry and gold ornaments from her employers in Deepwater Bay.

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Her sister, Marina G. Biala, who kept a bag containing part of the loot worth $4.8 million, will be tried at the trial District Court on Jan 3 after she pleaded not guilty to a charge of handling stolen property.

Meanwhile a Filipina resident pleaded not guilty in Eastern Court today to two counts of theft.

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Gladys de Vera, 38, is accused of stealing various grocery items including shampoo and chocolates in the morning and evening of Jun 22 from Wellcome Supermarket in the basement of Regent Centre on Queen’s Road Central.

Her trial has been set for Nov 30 after she pleaded not guilty to the charges. Her bail was extended until her next court appearance.
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