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Filipino and Indian nationals jailed 2 weeks for stealing steel pipes

27 February 2020

by The SUN

The case was  heard at Eastern Magistracy in Sai Wan Ho
A jobless Filipino resident being tried on a separate case and his Indian friend were sentenced today to two weeks in jail after they pleaded guilty to stealing $25,000 worth of steel pipes in Causeway Bay.

T. Pila, 29, and S. Grag, 34, appeared before Eastern Magistrate Veronica Heung two days after police arrested them while taking away 22 pieces of steel pipes stacked in a vacant building in Causeway Bay.

A prosecution report said police officers on patrol saw Pila and Grag moving the pipes out of the building behind Sun On Mansion on Cannon St.

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When the police asked why they were taking the pipes, Pila readily told them they were going to sell them, the prosecution said.

The officers called the building manager to verify who owned the pipes. The latter said the materials were the property of Winland Estate Management.

The police arrested the two and charged them with theft.


After Pila pleaded guilty, the prosecutor said the defendant, who came to Hong Kong in 2000 and worked for some time as a bartender, had a clear record. But she later corrected that, saying that he was scheduled for trial in Eastern Court for an earlier offense.

The defendant was arrested on Aug 30 last year for entering a building in Cheung Chau and allegedly trying to force a room open.

He was initially charged with attempted burglary and refused bail, but that was later amended to going equipped for stealing and granted bail.
In mitigation, the lawyer representing Pila said his client admitted the offense to police right away because he needed money as his wife was pregnant.

Grag initially said he was admitting is guilt but did not agree with the stated value of the pipes. But after talking with his lawyer, the Indian national agreed to plead guilty. – Vir B. Lumicao

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