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Filipino bound over and ordered to pay $15,500 for damaging ATM

03 May 2022

By Daisy CL Mandap 

The accused was ordered to pay $15,500 for damaging the ATM's glass screen in a fit of anger

A young Filipino resident who damaged an automated teller machine (ATM) in Sai Wan Ho in a fit of anger was ordered to pay $15,500 in compensation to the bank when he appeared at Eastern Court today, May 3.

A. Delfino was also told he would be bound over for a year in the sum of $1,000 which he will have to pay if he commits another act of criminal damage within the stipulated period.

Principal Magistrate Ada Yim told the accused the charge against him was being withdrawn by the prosecution and that no criminal conviction will be recorded in his name unless he violates the condition for the bind-over.

No order as to costs was made. 


Delfino, accompanied by his wife, had left the courtroom for a few minutes earlier to deposit the payment for the damaged ATM, and was told about the magistrate’s decision on his return.

The prosecutor said the accused was seen on closed-circuit TV to have used his elbow to smash the glass screen of the ATM located in the BOC branch on Des Voeux Road West at about 11:15pm on Jan 20 this year.

He had left his ATM card in the machine, which led to his being tracked down by investigators. The clothes he was wearing at the time of the incident were recovered from his home.


He reportedly told police he just had a misunderstanding with his wife at the time, which caused him to lose his temper.

In court, he readily admitted the offence and said he had enough cash with him to pay the bank’s claim for fixing the ATM.

When he went back he was told that he was free to go and could recover his clothes and his ATM from the police.

The Filipino driver who allegedly caused the death of his girlfriend was also in Eastern Court today

Meanwhile, a Filipino domestic worker accused of delivering the blow that led to the death of his former girlfriend, was also in court today.

Bernie M. Valencia, 42, is still being held on a charge of wounding with intent, but prosecutors had indicated the charge may be amended to either manslaughter or murder following the death of his girlfriend.

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The prosecutor asked Magistrate Yim to adjourn the case for another 12 months, or until Jul 26, for further investigation.

At the same time she indicated she would oppose any bail application for Valencia. The defense lawyer said no application for bail would be made.

The court was told earlier that Valencia had hit his girlfriend Ivy Quiabang, 36, after they had a disagreement on December 22 last year.


He was arrested the next evening after he took an unconscious Quiabang to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai.

The alleged victim never regained consciousness and passed on in hospital early on Jan. 2.

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