Recently, a domestic helper was caught stealing from her employer in Singapore. After being caught and sent to the Changi Women’s Prison, they discovered that she hid the money up her genitals. I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures.
Filipino helper Bajo Nelgielyn Bobita, aged 28, has been jailed for 16 weeks on the 9th of May. She has pleaded guilty to two theft charges.
Businessman Lee See Boon, aged 69, had employed her to carry out duties including household cleaning and cooking. She was to work in his Serangoon flat. While Bobita was performing her duties on the 22nd of February, she decided to steal some money from her employer. She went into his room to search for valuables and later found a key to a safe along with the numeric password on a piece of paper.
After unlocking the safe, she stole S$3,000 (RM9,135) and two days later, went to Lucky Plaza shopping centre. There, she managed to remit S$1,500 (RM4,568) to her family in the Philippines. On the 3rd of March she sent over the rest of the money.
Perhaps she was feeling confident after not being caught because it was only three days later that she visited the safe again. This time she took off with S$5,002 (RM15,230). Later that day, Lee opened the safe and realised that he was missing money.
He suspected that Bobita was helping herself to the cash and decided to alert the police. Bobita was then arrested. After being charged with two theft charges, she was brought to Changi Women’s Prison on the 8th of March.
While undergoing a body scan at around 9pm that day, the prison officers noticed a foreign object hidden inside her genitals. Once the object was removed, everyone realised that it was a small plastic bag containing the stolen S$5,002. I wonder how long that money was up there.
As of now, Bobita has not replaced the stoeln S$3,000 from earlier. She could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined for each count of theft. Receiving 16 weeks is definitely a huge difference compared to 14 years. Hopefully this will be enough to help her realise that stealing is not the right way to make money.