Date
18 January 2017
A judge in Tsuen Wan threw out drug charges against an Indonesian maid after tests turned police evidence upside down. Photo: RTHK
A judge in Tsuen Wan threw out drug charges against an Indonesian maid after tests turned police evidence upside down. Photo: RTHK

Domestic helper who smoked fake opium cleared of drug charges

A Hong Kong judge dismissed drug charges against an Indonesian domestic helper who smoked fake opium.

Herni, 38, was all smiles as she left the courthouse moments after she was cleared of all charges, Apple Daily reports.

She was arrested on suspicion of drug possession after her employer told police she smelled something pungent from the toilet where Herni had holed herself up on Feb 15.

The employer said she found a piece of tin foil and an unknown substance in the toilet of her Wonderland Villas flat in Kwai Chung, the court heard.

Prosecutors said Herni had been using the toilet to smoke opium.

She had confessed to buying “some substance” in India, not knowing if it was illegal, after police found suspected opium traces in her handbag.

Herni said it was for personal consumption.

Laboratory tests later showed the substance was not narcotics, turning police evidence upside down.

Indonesian maid arrested on drug possession charges (Jan. 18, 2016)

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