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Cancer survivor fined $1,200 for stealing shirts, sandals & wet wipes

08 June 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

All 3 cases were heard at Eastern Court today

A 55-year-old Filipina domestic helper and cancer survivor who admitted stealing four white T-shirts, a pair of sandals and six packs of wet wipes from a fashion shop in Causeway Bay, was fined $1,200 today, Jun 8, for the offense.

V. Iniego, who said she has been working in Hong Kong for 34 years, was charged with theft after a security staff at H&M store at Hang Lung Centre on Paterson St caught her leaving without paying for the merchandise. The value of the goods wasn’t mentioned.

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The prosecution said the woman arrived at the store at 5:37pm on May 25, went around the shop, took the goods and placed them in her recyclable bag. When she left without paying at 6:15pm, the guard stopped her, inspected her bag and saw the unpaid items.

Police were called and the woman was arrested. During questioning, she admitted she stole the items out of greed.


In mitigation, the defense lawyer said his client has been a helper in Hong Kong for 34 years and this was her first offense. He said she was a cancer survivor who was undergoing chemotherapy at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.

The lawyer begged for leniency, saying his client was afraid that if her employer found out about her case, she would fire her.


Easter Magistrate Peter Law ordered the woman to pay a fine, partly to be taken from her $500 bail.  

Filipino stabbing case moved to DC

Also at Eastern Court, the magistrate ordered the transfer to District Court of the case of Mark Gregor Baldomaro, a domestic worker accused of stabbing two fellow Filipino drivers in Central early this year.


Before this, the prosecution amended the charge against  Baldomaro to “wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm” from simple wounding.

The defendant has been held without bail since the attacks on Tirso Fernandez Jr and Reginald M. Aguilar at around 6:30pm on Jan 30, near the toilet in Edinburgh Place.


He will appear in District Court on Jun 29.

DNA result of aborted baby still pending

Police investigating a Filipina helper who allegedly took a pill to procure her own miscarriage in March are awaiting a DNA report on the dead baby, the Eastern Court was told today, Jun 8.

Defendant B. Camarillo, 30, appeared calm as the prosecutor asked Magistrate Peter Law to adjourn the case until Aug 3. The prosecution said earlier the helper used poison (abortion pill) to abort the baby on Mar 13.

She was arrested and sent to hospital the next day after her employer called the police on seeing the mess in the bathroom of her flat in Harbour Heights, North Point.

The defendant has been held without bail since.


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