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Alleged shop theft exposes Pinay’s 11-year overstay

11 March 2017

For the past 11 years, Filipina tourist Emelita Arista remained undetected in Hong Kong as an illegal immigrant, having overstayed her visitor’s visa granted sometime in August 2006.

But her case came to light on Feb 19 when she was caught while allegedly trying to leave a Wellcome Supermaket in Quarry Bay with three bottles of lotion and three cans of pork luncheon meat without paying for them.

The 56-year-old Arista appeared in Eastern Court on Feb 21 charged with one count of theft and one count of breach of condition of stay.

The prosecution said in a brief report that Arista left the supermarket at Sunway Garden on King’s Road with the unpaid goods when she was stopped by a shop staff, who turned her over to the police.
The prosecution applied for a two-week adjournment of the hearing for further investigation and opposed bail for the defendant.

Magistrate Bina Chainrai set the next hearing for Mar 7 and remanded the defendant in custody. She said there was no bail application and instructed Arista to engage a duty lawyer for her next court appearance.  

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