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Filipina resident jailed and fined for 3 counts of shoplifting

03 December 2019

By Vir B. Lumicao

Suspect was set free after sentencing as she had been in jail longer than her sentence 

A Filipina resident of Hong Kong has been fined $1,000 and jailed for 14 days after  pleading guilty in Eastern Court to three counts of theft, two of which she committed while on bail for the first offense.

S. Coronel was sentenced today, Dec. 3, and was immediately released because she had served enough time in jail. She was locked up on Nov 6, when she was arrested for the second and third offenses.

Coronel, who came here in 1995 and married a Hong Kong resident from whom she has already separated, was read the charges before Magistrate Veronica Heung.
The first case happened at around 8:30am on Oct 11 when she went to the Wellcome Supermarket at Pearl City Mansion in Causeway Bay and took a can of milk worth $11 and a padlock pack priced $23.50 and put them in her handbag.

A security guard saw her take the items and when she tried to leave without paying, intercepted her. Police were called and she was arrested.

She was charged with theft on Oct 22 and freed on $1,000 bail while police continued their investigation.
Around 8:22pm on Nov 6, Coronel went to a SaSa Shop on the first floor of Windsor House, also in Causeway Bay, and took some items from the shelves which she put in her shopping bag.

When she tried to leave without paying, the alarm sounded and staff intercepted her. Found in her bag were: a pack of foundation worth $115; three bottles of Ricqles peppermint, $59; one set of Shisheido, $499; and a box of Lancome cream, $466.

When the items were checked, it was discovered the foundation and peppermint cure came from the Windsor House shop but the cream sets were from another SaSa shop on Yee Wo St.

A review of CCTV footages at the two shops showed the defendant taking the goods and putting them in her bag before leaving without paying for them. The cases were reported to the police.

At the time of arrest, Coronel was jobless and had only $12.50 in her wallet.

Police charged her with two counts of theft and when she appeared in court on Nov 8, the prosecution said the two latest offenses took place while she was on bail. 

Magistate Bina Chainrai refused Coronel’s bail application and remanded her in custody.

In mitigation, Coronel’s lawyer said she has two daughters, aged 25 and 23, and she is  supporting the younger daughter who is back in the Philippines.
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