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DH to help probe on boss’ role in illegal work

23 June 2017

A Filipina domestic helper who is facing three counts of violating Hong Kong immigration rules for working in her employer’s office is willing to help investigators looking into her boss’ complicity in the case.

Cecelia Guevarra was set to execute a statement at the Immigration Department to shed more light on her case, her counsel told the Shatin court on June 7.

The lawyer presented a letter from Father John Wotherspoon, a correctional chaplain, who asked the court to consider the defendant’s statement about her employer, Lui Pui May Lee’s complicity in violating immigration rules.

Guevarra pleaded guilty on June 7 to two counts of breach of condition of stay” and one count of “making a false representation to an immigration officer.

She originally faced two more charges of breach of condition of stay and another of making a false statement but these were withdrawn by the prosecution.

The helper was arrested on May 8 while working illegally in her employer’s office. She was hired by Lui to work as a domestic helper in June 2011. Her contract stated she was to work at her employer's house in Kowloon.

The defense lawyer applied for 3,000 bail for the helper but Magistrate Lam Tsz-kan said he could reduce this to $1,000 if the  defendant could provide the court within 24 hours an address where she would stay.

The magistrate adjourned the hearing to June 28.—VBL
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