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Two Filipino residents sent to drug treatment for stealing

29 May 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

Coronel who admitted 2 theft charges, was also put on probation apart from the drug treatment order

An unemployed Filipina resident has escaped a jail sentence, and was instead put on probation and sent for drug abuse treatment, after admitting two theft charges in Kowloon City court today, May 29.

Sheryl Coronel, 46, was charged with stealing, along with British National Alexander O O’Neill, assorted grocery items worth a total of $557.70 from Wellcome Supermarket on Queen’s Road West, Hong Kong Island.

She also admitted to stealing some clothing items from H & M shop at Gala Place in Mongkok earlier.

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Coronel and O’Neill escaped during a chase after the grocery heist but were separately attested later on. They were both charged in Eastern Court on May 14.

The next day, Coronel appeared before Magistrate Ada Yim in Kowloon City court for sentencing in the H&M theft.

Yim delayed the sentencing to wait for a drug addiction treatment report on Coronel and to consolidate her two theft cases.

Pindutin para sa detalye

At the resumption of the hearing today, Yim issued a 15-month probation order and also a 15-month drug treatment at the government’s drug addiction treatment centre for Coronel for her two theft convictions.

Also sent to the drug treatment centre today was first-time offender J. Rasco, 50, who is also a Filipino Hong Kong resident.

Rasco pleaded guilty on May 15 to stealing two bags of grocery items worth $976.30 from a Taste supermarket in Whampoa Garden, and a bank card belonging to another person.
Yim spared Rasco from a jail term and ordered him treated for a year at the drug addiction treatment centre.

In mitigation, the court heard that Rasco, who is jobless, was separated from his wife five years ago and has four children, the youngest of whom is 14 years old.

He was arrested by two police officers around 9:30pm on Feb 2, 2019, after which he admitted stealing the grocery items.

Rasco’s wallet also yielded a Dah Shing Bank/ Union Pay bank card that a local woman reported to have lost in To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, on Oct 21, 2018. 

He claimed he just found the bank card which he used on the MTR twice.

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