An Indonesian maid, Parti Liyani, 44, has been arrested and charged after being accused of stealing valuables from the family of her employer, Changi Airport Group chairman Liew Mun Leong.
Over the period of her almost-decade-long employment with the Liew household, Mr Karl Liew- the son of Mr Liew Mun Leong, his wife and his father discovered that some of their belongings had gone missing.
Although they suspected that Parti could be responsible for the missing items, they had no concrete evidence to prove that she had stolen them.
Mr Karl Liew had moved out of his father’s house at Chancery Lane off Dunearn Road to his own home in early 2016, but was asked by his father to return to the family home on Oct 28, 2016 and to order their maid to leave the house immediately as he suspected her of stealing.
In his testament, he said that he reached his father’s house at around 11 am with an employment agent and gave Parti about three hours to pack up.
Upon his return, he found that the maid had packed and sealed three huge boxes of personal belongings, which she requested of him to pay for their shipment back to her country- to which he subsequently agreed. Parti then left and returned to Indonesia.
However, the boxes were opened the following day as the family wanted to check their contents before sending them over. That was when, Mr Karl Liew said, he, his mother and his wife found several of their valuables- some of which they have not seen for several years and hold sentimental value, packed inside.
Mr Liew Mun Leong then alerted the police on Oct 30, 2016.
In the latest court hearing, Parti faced four charges of theft involving more than $50,000 worth of valuables. Of the stolen items, some of them include a Gerald Genta watch, a Prada bag, two wallets – a Gucci and a Braun Buffel, jewellery and some other valuables.
In her defence, represented by her pro bono lawyer, Mr Anil Balchandani, he stated that according to Parti, the wallets were gifts from one of her friends and that when Mr Karl Liew moved out of the house, he had left behind trash bags of rubbish, which contained the Gerald Genta watch, Prada bag and other valuables.
He added that the defendant was going through the content of the trash bags when she came across the items, and decided to keep them.
Mr Karl Liew, however, disagreed that the items had been left in trash bags and also disagreed with her lawyer’s assertion that the two wallets were gifts from her friend. However, he has no recollection of using them.
The case has been adjourned to a later date.