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Filipina DH admits stealing jewerly, cash from employer

06 February 2024

The accused admitted stealing 86 pieces of jewelry and $50,000 cash from her employer (File) 

A Filipina domestic helper who is ready to plead guilty to stealing a stash of jewelry and cash from her employer could be jailed for no less than two years when she appears in court again on Feb.  23.

Merly Q. Bugtaquen, a 33-year-old Ilocana, appeared in District Court today, during which her lawyer, Edward Laskey, said she will admit one charge of theft against her at the next hearing.

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District Court Judge C.P. Pang granted the request of both parties to set down the plea-taking and sentence on that day, and ordered Bugtaquen returned to jail custody.

The fact that her case was elevated to the District Court means Bugtaquen could be jailed from between two and seven years.


According to the charge sheet, the Filipina stole from an unknown date in March 2022 until March 26, 2023 86 pieces of jewelry, HK$50,000; 5,000 baht and NT$15,000 from Yiu Ching-heng, in her flat in Mee Fat Building in Tai Po, New Territories.

The jewelry consisted of 10 bracelets, 9 bangles, 20 pendants, 31 rings, 13 necklaces, one necklace with pendant, one watch, and one pair of earrings.


Bugtaquen was arrested on Mar 26 last year after the theft was discovered, and charged in court the next day.

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