A 30-year-old Indonesian domestic worker in Hong Kong was sentenced to eight months in prison after she pleaded guilty to three counts of theft totaling HK$64,000 (US$8,152) at Eastern Magistrates Court on Friday.

The defendant Yeni Susanti admitted stealing cash and valuables from her employer to pay off a friend’s loan. Susanti had earlier acted as guarantor when the friend took out the loan, after which she disappeared, sunwebhk.com reported.

The court heard that the thefts took place at her employer’s flat in Pokfulam on Hong Kong Island over a seven-month period. She had stolen $14,000 cash, a Canon EOS camera worth $25,000, a Canon camera lens valued at $12,500 and a Leica camera lens worth $12,500.

The defendant admitted that she had forced open locked containers to steal the cash and the camera kit at her employer’s flat.

The camera equipment was later recovered from a pawnshop in Mong Kok, Kowloon.

The defendant’s lawyer asked for leniency citing the disappearance of Susanti’s friend as a mitigating factor.

Magistrate Peter Law said theft was a serious offence and the case involved a large amount that was locked in a safe.

After granting a reduction in sentence for Susanti’s guilty plea, the magistrate sentenced her to eight months in jail for each of the three charges, to be served concurrently.