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Filipino residents held for drug trafficking, theft in 2 separate cases

22 June 2020

The drug trafficking and theft cases were both  heard in Kowloon City Court

A Filipina resident was charged in Kowloon City court today, Jun 22, with drug trafficking, along with a Chinese male. Separately, a Filipino resident appeared in the same court on a charge of stealing more than $1,000 from a kindergarten.

M. L. Bernardo and Chung C.K. hak-hin appeared before Magistrate Ada Yim and were read one count each of trafficking in a dangerous drug, and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Their case was adjourned to Aug 3 for further legal advice.

The defendants were arrested on Jun 21 during a police anti-drug operation at a hotel in Yaumatei. Bernardo was reportedly stopped when she got out of the hotel and was found with 11 grams of methamphetamine or “ice”. She denied ownership of the drug. 

The police then went to her hotel room and found Chung inside, along with two pieces of apparatus used for inhaling the dangerous drug and packing materials such as resealable plastic bags.
The prosecution said Chung is a local man while Bernardo is a non-permanent Hong Kong resident who is married to a permanent resident, but with whom she has lost contract.

Their lawyer applied for bail for both defendants, saying they can post $3,000 each as bail money.

But Magistrate Yim refused the applications, citing the prosecution’s concern that the defendants might jump bail.
In the other case, a 42-year-old Filipino resident who is married and has two children, was charged with theft, after allegedly entering a kindergarten in Hung Hom and stealing a total of $1,220 in cash.

The prosecution said the defendant, B.B.R. entered the ABC International Kindergarten in Whampoa Garden through the backdoor twice on Jun 18.

First, he allegedly took a red packet containing $20, then re-entered and stole $1,200 cash in the office of the kindergarten.

School officials discovered the break-in and reported to police, leading to the arrest of the suspect.

The defendant, who lives in Hung Hom,  has a prior conviction for theft in 2018.

Magistrate Yim adjourned the case until Aug 3 for further investigation and legal advice.

She refused to grant bail to the defendant, who offered $200 bail money. The magistrate said the evidence against the accused is strong, and he has a criminal record. – Vir B. Lumicao

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