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Filipina asylum seeker jailed for stealing 2 bottles of perfume

01 November 2019

A Filipina asylum-seeker with two previous convictions for theft has been sentenced by an Eastern Court magistrate to four weeks in jail for stealing two bottles of perfume from a shop in Causeway Bay.
Prosecution says defendant can't be remorseful if she has two prior convictions for the same offense
Former domestic helper Loida Figueroa who was on recognizance, pleaded guilty to theft before Magistrate Bina Chainrai on Thursday, Oct 31. 

The day before, the 44-year-old defendant who worked as a domestic helper from 2009 to 2011, was arrested by police at a SaSa shop in Leighton Centre, Causeway Bay, after the security alarm at the store sounded as she tried to leave without paying.
The two bottles of scent worth $966 were found in her bag by staff at the store, who immediately called the police.

During questioning by the police, Figueroa admitted stealing the perfume for herself.

In mitigation, Figueroa’s counsel from the Duty Lawyer Service said the defendant was a recognizance holder, jobless and had no permanent address.

He said his client was remorseful but the prosecutor pointed out that Figueroa had two prior theft convictions.

The magistrate said she took the defendant’s criminal record into consideration in coming up with the sentence. – Vir B. Lumicao

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