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Filipina faces new shoplifting charge on eve of sentencing for similar offense

15 May 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

The theft allegedly happened in this Wellcome branch in Shek Tong Tsui

A Filipina resident with a string of shoplifting convictions was charged in Eastern Court today, May 14, along with a British national, with stealing grocery items from a supermarket in Western District.

Sheryl Coronel, 46, appeared before Magistrate Bina Chainrai on the eve of her sentencing on May 15 in a Kowloon City court for a similar offense committed in March, the prosecution said.

Coronel and her co-defendant, Alexander O’Neill, 35, were jointly charged with one count of theft before Chainrai. No plea was taken.

The prosecution said O’Neill, a construction worker, and Coronel, jobless, walked into a Wellcome Supermarket on Jan 28 and stole two packs of coffee powder, a can of nuts and three boxes of facial masks with a total value of $557.70.

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The offense allegedly took place in the supermarket on the ground floor of Hau Fook Bldg on Queen’s Road West, Shek Tong Tsui. No other details of the case were disclosed.

Chainrai granted adjourned the case until July 9 for legal advice and to obtain a medical report on O’Neill.
The magistrate extended O’Neill’s bail, but raised the amount to $500 from $200. Coronel was remanded in custody.

The prosecutor opposed bail for the Filipina because she had a string of five convictions in recent months, four of them similar to her current case.

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