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Nepali fined $1k for not registering birth of baby with Pinay wife

26 August 2021

 By Vir B. Lumicao

A Shatin magistrate let off the couple with a suspended sentence for the overstay

A Nepalese man was fined $1,000 for failing to register the birth of his child with his Filipina wife, a former domestic worker who was also charged in court for overstaying her visa before her marriage.

On top of this, Bijaya Gurung, 36, and Jinelyn Goda, 34, were each meted 16 days in jail, suspended for a year, after they pleaded guilty to abetting the breach of immigration rules and to overstaying, respectively.


The couple was accompanied to the court by the man’s sister who carried their daughter, who is now a year old.

Gurung’s lawyer said the Nepali, a Hong Kong resident who was a transport worker at the airport, took home his girlfriend, Goda, after she was fired from her job as a domestic helper.

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The two eventually got married but when their baby was born, Gurung failed to register the birth, apparently to shield his wife from arrest.

Goda was charged for failing to leave Hong Kong after her visa ran out in July 2020. She did not report to Immigration even after marrying Gurung.


She was arrested on Mar 17 this year, while her husband was picked up shortly later.

The defense lawyer said Goda came to Hong Kong to work as a domestic helper in December 2018. She was dismissed after one year and seven months in her contract, when she was already heavily pregnant with her first child.'

The woman is now pregnant with their second child and will be delivering the baby in October, the lawyer told the magistrate.

After imposing a fine on Gurung, Magistrate Wan told the couple he would suspending their sentence of 16 months in jail because of their guilty plea, on the condition that they don’t commit any new offense within the next year.

After the hearing, the couple said they were going to the Immigration to report about the outcome of their case. Gurung said he hopes to get his wife a Hong Kong ID card, as she is now holding a recognizance document which prevented her being deported.


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