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Maid who stole gold jewellery from employer’s four-year-old daughter gets 5 weeks’ jail

Wanting to send money to her family in Indonesia, a maid took a gold necklace from her employer’s four-year-old daughter, so she could trade it for cash.

Sutini, who goes by one name, noticed the jewellery on the child when she fetched her from a childcare centre.

She removed the necklace while the girl was at a playground in Tampines and later lied to her employer that it had gone missing there and she was unable to find it.

Sutini, 41, was sentenced to five weeks’ jail on Friday after she pleaded guilty to three theft-related charges. Two other charges were taken into consideration. 

State Prosecuting Officer Lam Peng Choy said that having obtained the necklace, Sutini passed it to another domestic helper asking her to pawn the item for cash.

Her friend did so and obtained $320, which she gave to Sutini.

However, on Nov 12, the friend told Sutini’s employer that she had pawned the necklace at a ValueMax pawnshop at Tampines Central 1. Court documents did not state why the other domestic helper had decided to inform on Sutini.

Sutini’s employer, a 42-year-old woman, reported the theft to the police that night.

Before this incident, Sutini had also stolen from the four-year-old’s father.

In October 2022, the domestic helper saw the man’s ATM card lying unattended in the master bedroom, in an unzipped bag on a table. 

He had previously asked Sutini to take his card and withdraw money on his behalf, and had given her his PIN for her to do so. 

On Oct 25, Sutini took the card and withdrew $400 from an ATM in Tampines Street 72. When the man discovered the next day that unauthorised transactions had been performed, he asked her about them. She denied having any knowledge of the transactions, and he made a police report.

Following investigations, Sutini was arrested on Dec 1. She has since made full restitution to her victims.

Those who commit theft can be jailed for up to three years, fined or both.  

Those who steal from an employer in the capacity of a clerk or servant can be jailed for up to seven years and fined.