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Five Pinoys, 8 others fined for illegal gambling

02 June 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

This fish-hitting game is popular among illegal gamblers in HK (The New Paper photo)

Five Filipinos were among 13 people fined in Eastern Court today, Jun 2, after pleading guilty in two separate cases of illegal gambling in the same place in April and May.

The Filipinos who pleaded guilty in the first case were former bartender Ray Onate Jr., 31; asylum seeker Jennifer Baguio, 44; housewife Carolina Fung, 48; and unemployed resident Liza Lancian, 43.

Their co-defendants who also pleaded guilty were local residents Chow Kai-ming, 38; Cheung Chun-yuen, 34; Liu Yan-sau, 58, and Thai male boxing coaches Amnat Bhupasiri, 23, and Nantawut Teeravit, 36.


Indian female Sarosh Qazi, 33, pleaded guilty to “managing a gambling establishment” in both cases, but Magistrate Stephanie Chui set aside her plea in the second case and ordered a trial after she disagreed with the facts.

The prosecution charged that at 7:05 am on Apr 2, special duty squad officers from the Wanchai District Police Station mounted an anti-gambling operation at a residential flat on 1/F, 47 Sharp St. East, Causeway Bay.

The officers saw the 10 defendants inside. Investigation revealed that Sarosh kept the gambling den while the nine others were gamblers.

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Police seized two fish-hitting machines, one bird-hitting machine, two slot machines, 10 chairs, and playing cards. Sarosh and the 9 players were arrested, the prosecution said. They readily pleaded guilty at the hearing.

Magistrate Chui imposed fines of $3,500 on Qazi, $1,000 on Chow and $750 on Cheung, depending on the number of their previous similar convictions.

Onate was fined $300,  while Baguio and Lancian, with previous similar convictions, drew $500 each. Fung, with three previous records, was fined $750.    

On May 31, just over a month since the first operation, police again raided the same flat managed by Sarosh, and found four people gambling inside, including Filipina Cecilia Tejam, 51.

The officers again arrested Sarosh, as well as Tejam and male local residents Fan Sui-wing, 30; Raymond Chan Ka-chuen, 31, and Lam Chi-kuen, 32.

Of the four alleged gamblers, Tejam, Fan and Lam pleaded guilty while Chan said he was not guilty. Tejam was fined $800 and Fan $2,000. Lam, with five previous convictions, was slapped a $4,500 penalty.

Sarosh and Chan will stand trial in the same court on July 28. Sarosh for managing the illegal establishment, and Chan for illegal gambling.

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