A Filipino domestic helper has been accused of stealing AED44,000 from her employer’s safety box while the family was out of the house.
According to Gulf News, when the sponsor’s wife discovered the missing cash, she called her Syrian husband that she failed to contact the Filipina, 38, who went missing with the money.
When the couple reached their flat in Al Warqa, they discovered that the maid had absconded after stealing AED44,000 (P597,843) from the safe.
The Filipina was arrested a few days after the discovery of lost money.
Before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday, the maid pleaded not guilty and told the that she did not take anything from the safe.
The Syrian employer told prosecutors that while he was busy at work, his wife called him informing that their maid had absconded.
“My wife called me around 2.15pm and told me that the maid had not answered her calls and that her mobile phone was switched off. My wife was also at work. When we went home, we did not find the maid … we also realised that she had opened the safe and stole our money. We notified the police about it,” the sponsor testified to prosecutors.
According to a police sergeant, a thorough investigation has led to the arrest of the Filipina mid.
“During questioning, the maid admitted that she took her passport and ID card from a cupboard and Dh500 from a drawer in the bedroom before she left the flat,” the sergeant told prosecutors.
When asked by presiding judge Urfan Omar about what she wants from the court, the Filipina replied that she wants to return home.
A verdict shall be announced on February 27.