Maid denies stealing US$38,000 in valuables
The Indonesian defendant pleaded not guilty to theft from homes of a prominent Singapore family, saying she had found some items in the trash
A 44-year-old Indonesian woman who had been a domestic worker in the home of CapitaLand Group’s founding president Liew Mun Leong for eight years pleaded not guilty in Singapore’s State Court on Monday to stealing S$50,856 (US$38,400) worth of valuables in October 2016 upon her departure.
The court learned that the thefts reportedly took place in residences of Liew and his son on Chancery Lane in the city-state’s Novena locality on October 28, 2016, which was the same day that the defendant, Parti Liyani, had been suddenly fired by Liew before being sent back to Indonesia, Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore) reported.
Liew reported to the police that he had lost two S$200 Longchamp bags and a Pioneer DVD player worth S$1,000.
Liew’s son reported with the greatest loss, of S$46,856 worth of valuables including a S$25,000 Gerald Genta watch with a broken strap, two white iPhone 4s devices (S$2,056), 120 clothing items, blankets and bedsheets with an estimated total value of S$1,800, and others.
Liew’s daughter-in-law also reported the loss of a S$1,000 Prada bag and a pair of Gucci sunglasses with red stains worth S$500.
A warrant was issued on October 30 that year, by which time the accused was already out of the country.
On December 2, 2016, when Parti returned to Singapore, she was intercepted and arrested at Changi Airport, and some of the items reported lost by the Liew family were recovered from her carry-on luggage. She was then released on bail; the report did not explain why the case took so long to come to trial.
The defendant told the court that some of the items in question had been discarded by the family, and she had merely recovered them from trash.
If convicted, the maid will face up to seven years in jail and a fine.