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DH fined $2,000 at Eastern Court for shoplifting

15 January 2019

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipina domestic worker who stole goods worth $1,600 last October from a supermarket in Quarry Bay escaped jail after admitting the offence, and was instead fined $2,000.

D. A. Toquero, mother of a 10-year-old boy and 7-year-old daughter,  was sentenced at Eastern Court on Jan 15 after admitting one count of theft.

The prosecution said that the offense took place on Oct 14 last year inside the Aeon supermarket in Kornhill Plaza, Kornhill Road, Quarry Bay.

Court records show Toquero entered the shop at around 3:50pm that day and took some items from the racks and put them in her reusable shopping bag and backpack.

The stolen items included two packs of coffee worth $107.80, ten packs of chocolate valued at $242.80, two boxes of fish oil pills worth $350, four packs of baby products costing $199, one T-shirt worth $239,  a pair of baby shoes worth $299 and a hoodie priced at $159. The defendant then walked out of the store without paying for the goods.

Unknown to the Filipina, an Aeon security guard in plainclothes saw her take the merchandise from the racks and stuff them into her reusable bag and then left the store without paying for them.

The guard, Cheung Wai-hung, who had seen her stuff the merchandise into her bag, stopped her outside the store and asked to search her bags.

Most of the unpaid items were found in her reusable bag while the hoodie was found in her backpack. Cheung asked for the sale invoice but Toquero could not produce it, so the guard reported to the police.

The police arrested Toquero and charged her with theft last Nov 16.

In mitigation, a duty lawyer assigned to Toquero said the woman has two children who are living with her parents in the Philippines. They were depending on the $2,500 that she sent them monthly.

The magistrate said she considered Toquero’s clear record and the fact the stolen items were recovered and returned to the owner, Aeon Stores (Hong Kong) Company Ltd.

She fined the helper $2,000, already discounted by one-third for her guilty plea.

Toquero’s employer accompanied her to the court but left before the case was heard.

Meanwhile,  a 29-year-old Filipina domestic helper has been charged with theft in the same court for allegedly stealing a platinum ring and a gold ring from her employer in Sai Ying Pun late last year.

No plea was taken and the defendant, G. Manuel, was allowed to post bail of $300. She is due to go back to court on Mar.5.

The alleged theft reportedly took place between Nov 18 and Dec 15 last year in a flat at Kwong Fung Terrace on Third Street, Sai Ying Pun.

The rings were said to be the property of Lee Man Ying but their value was not indicated.

The defendant was accompanied to the court by a case officer from the NGO Mission for Migrant Workers.:


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