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Pinay maid jailed 2 months for taking employers’ unused items

07 January 2020


By Vir B. Lumicao

The helper said she thought the items she took without permission were no longer used

A 43-year-old Filipina helper who had earlier terminated her work contract has been jailed two months by a Kwun Tong magistrate for taking several items she thought her employers in Lohas Park, Tseung Kwan O no longer used.

Rosemarie Villon was sentenced by Magistrate Ivy Chui on Tuesday, Jan 7, after she pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

The stolen properties worth more than $4,300 comprised of a waistbag, a gold tie clip, three USB flash drives, four T-shirts, a bottle opener, power bank and wristband, 15 pieces of hair accessories, a yellow cosmetic bag containing one liquid foundation, a box of pressed powder, two eyebrow pencils, one lip pencil and one necklace valued at $1,000.
All items were recovered, except for four T-shirts and hair accessories.

Villon was arrested on Nov 30, the same day her employers in Le Prestige, Lohas Park, were looking for a missing black waistbag. They found the bag in her rucksack when they searched her bedroom with her consent.

They reported to the police, who searched the room and her belongings and found the other items, except for the tie clip and hair accessories.
During investigation, she admitted under caution that she began taking the items on her second week with the family. She said she took other items in storage that she thought were no longer used and kept them in a drawer under her bed.    

Her lawyer asked for leniency, saying the items were of low or no value, but Chui brushed this aside, saying Villon had breached her employer’s trust by taking them without permission.

The magistrate said that even if some belongings are no longer used, families store them for sentimental reasons.

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Villon was arrested just eight days before she was to leave for home after resigning from her job of less than four months.  She began working for the family in August last year but on Nov 3, gave notice that she was resigning, saying she wanted to go home and take care of her four children.

She said she would leave on Nov 17 but her employers asked her to stay until Dec 7.
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