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Pinay faces theft charge, says she ‘forgot’ to pay for grocery items

06 June 2019

Defendant told she must have a lawyer in court

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipina domestic worker who says she forgot to pay for some grocery items she had placed in the lower part of a shopping cart appeared in Kwun Tong court today, Jun 6, to face a charge of theft.

M. Alog was supposed to enter her plea before Magistrate May Chung but her case was adjourned because she was not represented by a lawyer.
When the magistrate asked Alog why she had no lawyer, she said she had no money to pay for one.

Chung adjourned the hearing so the Filipina could go to the Duty Lawyer Scheme to get herself a counselor, but she returned half an hour later, saying no one was available to take up her case.
Alog is out on bail and has been staying in a boarding house since the termination of her work contract by her employer in Yau Tong following her arrest on Apr 18.

She said outside court that she had not intended to steal. She said she had gone to a Wellcome supermarket in Yau Tong to buy some groceries, but forgot to pay for the goods worth $129 that she had placed in a basket on the cart’s bottom rack.
She was intercepted outside the store by a guard and turned over to the police.



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