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‘Greed’ for $198 pair of jackets gets Filipina teenager $5,000 fine

27 May 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

The $198 theft resulted in $5,000 fine and criminal record for one of the accused

Two Filipina teenagers were charged in Eastern Court today, May 27, of conspiring to steal two jackets worth a total of $198 from a shop in Causeway Bay in January.

But only one of the accused, L.K.S., a 19-year-old waitress, appeared in court and pleaded guilty to the offense, after which she was fined a hefty $5,000 by Magistrate Peter Yu.
Her co-accused and friend, M.D.R., a student who is also 19 years old, failed to appear, so the magistrate issued a warrant for her arrest, and increased her $500 bail to $5,000.

The prosecution said the two Filipinas stole the jackets from the GU Co Ltd outlet in Windsor House at around 6:30pm on Jan. 13.

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After pretending to inspect the clothes on display, a female guard at the shop spotted L.K.S. in the act of removing the price tags on the two jackets, with help from her co-accused.

While L.K.S. held the jackets, M.D.R. went to the cashier and bought a brown paper bag. L.K.S. then shielded her co-defendant with a yellow jacket as she put them into the paper bag.
Moments later, the two left the shop without paying but were intercepted by the guard. They were handed over to police, who took them to the Wanchai Police Station.

During investigation, L.K.S. admitted that she committed the offense “out of greed.”

In mitigation, solicitor Brian Littlewood said his client pleaded guilty at the first instance, admitted the offense and had a clear record. He said the stolen properties were recovered.

He also said the conviction blew the defendant’s chances of studying in the United States.   

L.K.S., whose parents and siblings were in court to offer support, reportedly dropped out of school to work as a waitress earning $14,000 to help her family.

Littlewood gave the court a letter from L.K.S. begging to be bound over, but the prosecution opposed the application. Defense then asked for a fine.

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