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Filipina serial thief admits drug problem

15 May 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao
The theft was committed in H&M's flagship store in Gala Place, Mong Kok

A Filipina who has a string of convictions for theft has admitted that she has a drug problem.

Sheryl Coronel, 46, made the admission when she appeared in Kowloon City court today, May 15, before Magistrate Ada Yim.

Coronel had pleaded guilty to a count of theft on Apr 28, but Yim delayed the sentencing until today to wait for a drug addiction treatment report on the defendant.

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Just a day before, Coronel appeared in Eastern Court for another shop theft case in which she and a British national were jointly accused of stealing $550 worth of grocery items in a supermarket in Shek Tong Tsui.

At that hearing, the prosecution said Coronel had five previous convictions, four of them for theft.

Coronel’s lawyer today said the defendant was willing to undergo probation.
He also said the defendant understood the drug report but did not agree with some of its content, particularly the item regarding traces of drugs in her specimen.

The lawyer said the defendant denied she was a drug user, suggesting that the drugs must have been placed by other people in her drinks.

But Yim said that if Coronel denied that she used drugs, how could the court ask for a probation report?
After consulting Coronel, the defense counsel said the Filipina had now admitted that she had a drug problem.

Yim set the sentencing for May 29 and also asked for a copy of each of the psychiatric and psychological reports on the defendant.

Coronel was arrested on Apr 26 for stealing various goods from an H&M shop at Gala Place on Dundas St in Mong Kok.
The items she took consisted of six T-shirts, one shirt, a handbag, four dresses, a pack of socks, a bodysuit, a vest and a pair of shorts, with a total value of $1,744.90.

She wore the shirt and put the rest of the items in her bag then left without paying. But the store security intercepted her and reported the incident.

The prosecution said Coronel had admitted the offense, and that she did it out of greed. 

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