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Maid jailed for stealing cash from sponsor’s purse

Defendant admits to sending money to family back home to treat sick father

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Dubai: A maid has been jailed for six months for stealing Dh25,000 from her sponsor’s purse that she claimed to need to treat her sick father.

The 28-year-old Filipina maid allegedly stole the money from the purse of her Jordanian sponsor on different occasions and sent the money to her family for the treatment of her dad in the Philippines.

The sponsor realised several times that some cash was missing from her purse and that the defendant had run away shortly before she reported her to the police.

The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the Filipina of stealing from her sponsor after she pleaded guilty. However, she contended before the courtroom that she stole Dh15,000 and not Dh25,000.

The presiding judge said the defendant will be deported following the completion of her jail term.

The sponsor testified that she first discovered the instance when she missed Dh2,500 from her purse.

“I waited for my husband’s return from travel … when we confronted the maid, she said she had stolen Dh18,000 during two months. However when we checked her phone, we realized that she had wired to her country Dh26,000. I decided to inform the police after my children go to sleep because I did not want them to see the police. The accused surprised us and absconded. Then we reported the police instantly. My children told me that the defendant used to prick them with a pin and beat them,” claimed the sponsor.

The Filipina admitted to prosecutors that she stole the money because she needed to wire it to her family to treat her sick father.

“I used to take the cash from the table or from her sponsor’s purse … I took the money on several occasions between April and June,” she confessed to prosecutors.

The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 13 days.