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DH fined $1,500 for theft of goodies at supermarket

16 January 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao
The theft happened at this Wellcome branch in Mid-Levels

 A 33-year-old Filipina helper has been fined $1,500, nearly double the value of chocolates and other food items she admitted stealing from a supermarket in Mid-Levels on Dec 12 last year.

D. Hablan, a mother of two who has worked in Hong Kong for five years, pleaded guilty on Jan 16 to a charge of theft before Eastern Magistrate Veronica Heung.

The prosecution said Hablan, who works in Mid-Levels, went to the Wellcome Supermarket at 99 Caine Road around 8:20am and took an assortment of goods from the store shelves and put them in her shopping bag.
Unknown to her, Hablan was seen by a Filipina staff putting the items in her bag and then got out of the supermarket without paying for the goods at the cashier.

The staff intercepted Hablan outside the store and checked her bag.

Inside were 13 packs of chocolate, three packs of marshmallows, two packs of candies and four cans of Spam luncheon meat worth a total of $761.20, all belonging to Wellcome Supermaket.
The staff reported the theft to the police and Hablan was arrested. She was later granted police bail of $500.

In mitigation, the defendant’s counsel from the Duty Lawyer Service said Hablan, who has a farmer husband, had a financial problem because her family had spent money on the hospitalization of one of her daughters
The lawyer said his client was very remorseful and asked for a lenient sentence as the stolen goods were recovered.

After her sentencing, Hablan begged for three weeks’ time to pay the fine.
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