Date
21 September 2017
Francis Mak (left inset) says he was only interested in learning the truth with regard to a theft and that he never wanted his domestic helper (right inset) to go to jail. Photos: RTHK, DBC, Headline
Francis Mak (left inset) says he was only interested in learning the truth with regard to a theft and that he never wanted his domestic helper (right inset) to go to jail. Photos: RTHK, DBC, Headline

Theft charge dismissed against Francis Mak’s domestic helper

The domestic helper of Francis Mak Yun-sau, former president of Digital Broadcasting Corp. (DBC), was on Wednesday cleared in a theft case after earlier being accused of stealing 3.2 million Korean Won (around HK$21,600) from her employer.

Magistrate Abu Bakar bin Wahab of the Eastern Law Court dismissed the case against 34-year-old Sri Devi Yatemo, saying that there was no evidence to prove her guilt, Sing Tao Daily reported.

Mak and his wife had both testified in court earlier, saying that they found some Korean Won that they had stored in a wardrobe had gone missing.

According to the couple, their helper first denied of taking the cash, but on October 12 she admitted to taking some bank notes after Mak assured her that he will not call the police. The maid reportedly said that she had taken only HK$3,000 worth of money.

The magistrate said the police should have dropped the case upon hearing Mak’s statement, as the plaintiff was not able to prove that his maid made a voluntary confession.

The judge noted that Mak could have induced the defendant into making a confession by telling her that the police won’t be called in if she admits to the offense.

Following the ruling Wednesday, Mak said that he has no reason for regret.

He insisted that he never wanted his maid to go to jail, but was only interested in learning the truth and making sure that the helper doesn’t make the same mistake again in the future.

He said the maid did offer to pay him back the money at one point of time.

Mak added that his wife decided to call the police only because she found out that the maid had lied on the whereabouts of her passport, fueling suspicion that she could be trying to flee Hong Kong.

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