An Indonesian domestic helper was jailed yesterday for stealing HK$8,000 and a pearl ring from her employer but was cleared of another charge that she stole jewellery valued at more than HK$5 million. Risnawati, 29, was sentenced to 11 months in prison on three counts of theft, to which she earlier pleaded guilty in the District Court. The court heard that she had continued to steal despite being given a second chance by her employer, Gilbert Tien Kay-man. She admitted stealing a total of HK$8,000 on separate occasions in 2005 and last year from Dr Tien's flat in Baguio Villa, and taking a pearl ring from his trouser pocket in July 2006. But Judge Susana D'Almada Remedios acquitted her of another theft charge, which alleged she took items from a jewellery box belonging to Dr Tien's late wife between August and September last year. The court heard that Risnawati, who had worked for Dr Tien since July 2004, was found to have stolen HK$6,000 in 2005. But he did not tell the police and deducted the amount from her salary. At the completion of a contract in 2006, Risnawati decided to return to Indonesia and Dr Tien employed another domestic helper to replace her. At the end of 2006, she telephoned Dr Tien and asked him to re-employ her and he agreed, dismissing the other helper. Dr Tien became suspicious of Risnawati again when he discovered money missing from his trouser pockets several times in September last year. But he only confronted her after he found his late wife's jewellery missing. Risnawati confessed that she had stolen the pearl ring in July 2006, as well as HK$2,000 from Dr Tien's trouser pockets on several occasions last year. The ring and HK$1,700 were later returned, the court heard. Acquitting Risnawati of stealing the jewellery, the judge said the evidence did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that she was the only person involved as other people's fingerprints were found on the box. Defence barrister Trevor Beel had earlier told the court the widow of Dr Tien's younger brother also knew about the jewellery box and had slept over at his flat two to three times a month since early last year. But the judge said the other thefts represented a breach of trust, with a pattern of thefts committed repeatedly over a period of time. A sentencing discount was given to reflect her guilty plea and the restitution being made.