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Filipina’s drug use said to have made her steal

29 January 2019

Kowloon City Court to decide if drug use led defendant to steal

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipina’s drug-induced dementia had driven her to steal five bottles of perfume worth nearly $2,000 from the same cosmetics shop in Mong Kok on two consecutive days this January, the Kowloon City Court was told.

The defendant, Gladys de Vera, pleaded guilty on Jan 28 to two theft charges before Magistrate Woo Huey-fang arising from those offenses.

The prosecution charged that De Vera, whose visa status was not disclosed, went to a SASA store on Nathan Road on Jan 4 and took two bottles of perfume worth $788, then left without paying.

The next day, the defendant returned to the store and stole three more bottles of perfume worth a total of $1,120.

The defense counsel assigned by the Duty Lawyer Service reported that the drug report sought by the magistrate indicated that the defendant had tested positive for drug use.

The lawyer said the second report, prepared by a psychiatrist, confirmed that De Vera had drug-induced dementia that was probably caused by substance abuse.

Magistrate Woo said the court would request a drug treatment report before sentencing De Vera.


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