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Filipino accused of trying to pay for groceries with stolen credit card

16 June 2020

The Eastern Court judge told the defendant he should get a lawyer as he could be jailed if found guilty

A Filipino male was charged in Eastern Court yesterday of attempting to obtain property by deception and of theft for using an allegedly stolen credit card for grocery purchases in Discovery Bay in March.

The defendant, J. Dagohoy, appeared before Magistrate So Wai-tak today, Jun 15. He was set to enter his plea but agreed to delay it when So told him he needed a lawyer to represent him in court.
So adjourned the hearing until Jun 29 so the prosecution could get further legal advice.

According to the charge sheet, Dagohoy went to a Wellcome Supermarket in Discovery Bay on the evening of Mar 20 and loaded up his shopping cart with assorted items worth a total of $2,975.


The grocery items included 7 boxes of chocolates, 2 bottles of whiskey, 8 pairs of men’s socks, 6 packs of surgical masks, 4 pairs of stockings.

He took out a Visa card to pay for the goods at the cashier, but the sales lady noticed there was a problem with the card.
When asked, the defendant reportedly said he owned the credit card and that he was also its authorized user.

Magistrate So asked the defendant if he wanted to get a duty lawyer as the charge against him was serious, and that he could be jailed if he was convicted.


So said the defendant must have a lawyer in the next hearing because it was not likely he would allow another adjournment. – Vir B. Lumicao

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