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Filipina ex-DH charged with jewelry theft, overstaying

25 October 2018

A Filipina former domestic worker who has overstayed her visa for nearly 4 years was charged in Eastern court on Oct 8 of stealing three pieces of diamond jewelry three years ago.

Fedelita Sante, 48, appeared before Magistrate Veronica Heung Shuk-han to face charges of theft and overstaying her visa. She was arrested on Oct 5 at the Immigration Department’s General Investigation Service office at Skyline Tower in Kowloon Bay.

The prosecution opposed bail for Sante, who had no fixed address. The magistrate remanded her in custody.

The first charge stated that between Jan 1 and Feb 4, 2015, the defendant allegedly stole a diamond necklace, a diamond pendant, a diamond ring and an iPad Air, all belonging to Melanie Helene Silvie Viquel. 

The theft allegedly took place in Viquel’s flat at Sum Way Mansion, Belcher St., Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Island.

Police did not give an estimate of the total value of the items that were allegedly stolen, or of how the offense was committed.

In the second charge, Sante was accused of “breach of condition of stay” for failing to leave Hong Kong after her visitor’s visa lapsed on Dec 11, 2014.

The case was adjourned until Nov 5 at the request of the prosecutor, who said she needed legal advice and to allow Immigration to investigate further the defendant’s overstay.
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