Singapore employer pays Punjabi maid's shoplifting fine
A Singapore employer of an Indian-origin maid has bailed her out by paying the fine of SGD 2,600 (USD 2,076) imposed on her on charges of shoplifting.chandigarh Updated: Mar 03, 2012 11:29 IST
A Singapore employer of an Indian-origin maid has bailed her out by paying the fine of SGD 2,600 (USD 2,076) imposed on her on charges of shoplifting. With this, 32-year-old Sandeep Kaur will be flying back to India, The Straits Times reported.
Kaur, who worked in Singapore for seven years, was fined on Friday for shoplifting SGD 255 (USD 204) worth of costume jewellery, a sweater and a handbag from a departmental store on November 14, days before she was due to be married at her home in Punjab.
She, however, got a respite after her businessman employer paid the fine and testified that she was "rather simple in her ways" and had never shopped alone, the newspaper reported.
The businessman, who declined to be named, had also allowed the maid to stay at his home after she was released on bail, the report said.
Defending Kaur, her lawyer SS Dhillon told the court that the incident had embarrassed Kaur's family in Punjab as the marriage ceremony had to be postponed at the eleventh hour.
He urged the court to impose a nominal fine as the value of stolen items was not high and it was Kaur's first offence.
District Judge Low Wee Ping noted the maid had worked diligently for seven years in Singapore and could not understand why she committed the offenses on her last day here.
In Singapore, the maximum penalty for theft is a three-year jail term and a fine of SGD 10,000 (USD 7,987).