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Terminated DH accused of possessing fake goods and breaching visa condition

09 November 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The alley between Eurotrade and Worldwide House, near where the accused was arrested

A Filipina who was on visitor’s visa after losing her job as a domestic helper is facing charges of selling counterfeit goods and violating her condition of stay after being caught with various merchandises in Central in September.

J.R. Tome appeared before Eastern Magistrate Bina Chainrai, today, Nov. 9, and was charged with one count each of “possession for sale or for any purpose of trade or manufacture goods to which a forged trade mark was applied” and breach of condition of stay.

Tome, who is in custody, was not asked to enter a plea and her duty lawyer asked for seven week’s adjournment to obtain more documents from the prosecution.

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She did not apply for bail and was remanded in police custody.

The prosecution said it would not contest the granting of bail, but Immigration was opposed to the idea.

The court was told that Tome was a domestic helper whose contract was prematurely terminated, and was unable to find a new employer within the 14-day visa-free period.

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However, she did not overstay, and was found to have visitor’s visa when she was arrested on Sept 13 outside the Eurotrade Building on 22 Des Voeux Road Central, which is beside World Wide House, a favorite haunt of Filipinos.

The Filipina is accused of possessing 33 pairs of Champion brand shorts placed in a rubbish bag that was found on the pavement.

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The bag also contained different brands of T-shirts as follows: Champion, 3 pieces; Nike 10, Tommy Hilfiger 7, Gap 7, Adidas 3, American Eagle 2, and Gucci, Under Armour, Puma and Reebok, one each.

Chainrai adjourned the case and told Tome she could apply for bail at the High Court.

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