An Indonesian domestic helper accused of cheating her 81-year-old employer out of HK$147,000 (US$18,950) was freed on Monday after the prosecutor dropped a charge of theft because the amount in question could not be verified.
The court earlier heard that Tarwiyah Solik, 36, was hired several years ago to care for an elderly woman, surnamed Wu, who suffers from dementia, news website hk01.com reports.
The woman lives in Tung Tau Estate in Wong Tai Sin.
Wu’s daughter sued the maid in December, saying she was told by her mother that Solik had coaxed her into withdrawing money from a bank account nearly 100 times so that she could take her to a doctor.
But Solik, who had been remanded in custody since, never brought Wu to a clinic and pocketed about HK$140,000 between Jan. 2014 and Nov. 2016, according to the daughter.
Solik had pleaded not guilty. Police records showed she had admitted stealing the money after being questioned, according to the report.
However, the prosecution failed to get the exact amount from Wu because her dementia prevented her from remembering what exactly happened, Apple Daily reports.
The charge against the maid was dropped.
Betty Yung, director of the Employers of Domestic Helpers Hong Kong, said the maid has a clean record in the Immigration Department since she was released without charge.
The employer can only terminate her contract by proving she has neglected her duties, she said.
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