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Filipina DH held for alleged theft of diamond ring

06 May 2018

Magistrate said the Filipina can go to the High Court to apply for bail

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipina domestic worker accused by her female employer of stealing a diamond ring has been denied bail by a Kwun Tong magistrate despite an offer of guarantee from the Consulate that she won’t abscond.

Jeambreth Algura appeared on May 4 before Magistrate Chu Chung-keung to apply for her temporary release eight days after she was charged with theft by the police.

The defendant was arrested and taken into custody on Apr 24 after the employer called the police to report that her ring was missing. The ring was allegedly found later by the employer in a pocket of Algura’s backpack.

The defendant’s mother, who also works in Hong Kong, attended the hearing accompanied by Danny Baldon, an officer of the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section.

The counsel assigned by the Duty Lawyers Service to represent Algura applied for bail on her behalf. He said she had offered to post a $1,000 bail and that the Consulate had agreed to house her in its shelter for troubled workers.

The Consulate has also offered to guarantee that the defendant will not leave Hong Kong while the case is not resolved, the lawyer said. Pointing to the gallery, the lawyer said a consular officer was, in fact, in the courtroom.

But Magistrate Chu refused the application, but told the defendant she could apply for bail at the Court of First Instance.

He adjourned the hearing until May 31 and ordered the helper remanded in custody.

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