A case involving a Filipina domestic helper who accused her colleague of stealing HK$40 (US$5.1) from a jacket she left inside her employer’s flat in Sai Kung in the New Territories in November last year was heard in court on Wednesday.

The Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court heard that the complainant, Catherine C, accused her colleague, 51-year-old defendant Imelda B, of stealing two HK$20 bills out of HK$141.5 she had put inside the pocket of her jacket, hongkongnews.com.hk reported.

The initial charge said the defendant took all HK$141.5, but when she testified in court, the complainant said she lost only HK$40. The court heard that the woman had put the money in her jacket but forgot to take the jacket and left it in the kitchen when she left in a hurry. When she returned home later that day, she discovered the theft.

The complainant told her employer and they reported the matter to police the following day. Two HK$20 bills were later found in the defendant’s wallet after a search.

The complainant also said the defendant owed her HK$2,740, which the other woman denied. In her defense, the defendant accused the complainant of setting her up to get rid of her and claimed it was the complainant owed her HK$40.

The magistrate will hand down a verdict on March 15.