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Filipina accused in $200k watch theft refused bail

07 September 2019

Altiplano Watch
The helper was charged with stealing
two gold Piaget watches worth a total of $200k
(picture for illustration only)

A Filipina domestic helper appeared in court on Friday, Sept 6, charged with stealing her employer’s two gold Piaget watches valued at $200,000. No plea was taken.

Carmelita Nones, 45, allegedly stole the watches belonging to her employer David Liang, between Jul 27 and Aug 11 in the employer’s residence on Deepwater Bay Road.
Magistrate Bina Chainrai adjourned the case until Oct 18 for further investigation by the police. But the magistrate chided the prosecutor when she said she did not object to granting bail to the defendant.

“What? She is accused of stealing watches worth $200,000 and you are allowing her to post bail?” the magistrate told the prosecutor.
The prosecutor quickly backtracked and objected to granting bail to Nones.

Chainrai ordered Nones remanded in custody but told her she could still apply for bail at the High Court, and could do so every eight days.
But she said the court could not grant her bail because the case against her involved a serious breach of trust as she lived in her employer’s house. She also posed a flight risk because she has no local ties.

The magistrate also told the defendant to ask for a lawyer from the Duty Lawyer Service to represent her. – Vir B. Lumicao   

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