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2 Filipina sisters, 1 other in court for shop theft

27 August 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

One of the defendants pleaded guilty in Kowloon City court to stealing goods worth $2.5k from H&M

A Filipina teenager has pleaded guilty at Kowloon City court to stealing merchandise worth $2,500 from an H&M store outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui, while her two co-accused who are sisters, have been allowed to get a lawyer before responding to the charges.

M. A., 18, who was assisted by counsel, admitted one charge of theft today, Aug 27, before Magistrate Ada Yim.

M.A. and her two accused, J.D, 18; and T.D. 21, were arrested at around 3:45pm on May 23 after allegedly taking various clothes and accessories from the H&M shop at Silvercord Shopping Centre on Canton Road, then leaving without paying.

The prosecution said the three had earlier admitted committing the theft out of greed.

But in court, the sisters requested to postpone their plea-taking so they could engage a lawyer.

Magistrate Yim granted the request, and told them to go to the Duty Lawyer Service and return to court on Oct 8 to enter their plea.
Only M.A. proceeded with the plea-taking because she had a court-provided lawyer. She pleaded guilty after being read the charge.

The magistrate put off sentencing until Oct 5 pending a probation report, and extended the defendant’s bail.

The prosecutor said M.A. had a clear record. She described the three as students.
A prosecution report said that a guard at the H&M shop had noticed three acting suspiciously and decided to keep an eye on them.

After a while, the guard allegedly saw the sisters put different clothing, accessories and cosmetic items into two shopping bags while their friend followed them.
The alleged theft took place in an H&M store in Tsim Sha Tsui
The younger sibling and M.A. then allegedly entered the changing room with the shopping bags and came out around 4pm with just the rucksacks on their backs. The three then fled the shop towards Canton Road without paying for the goods.

The guard chased and intercepted them. The three allegedly refused to have their rucksacks inspected, so the police were called.

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Allegedly stolen apart from the rucksacks were a black waist bag, white handbag, a bracelet, 3 necklaces, 3 rings, 4 pairs of earrings, 7 hair clips, a bottle of cologne, 2 lip glosses, 2 eye shadow pencils, a box of nail tips, 3 boxes of facial cream, 8 surgical masks, brown belt, black dress, black tank top, a pink T-shirt, 2 white T-shirts and a pair of sunglasses.

The three were arrested on the spot but were later released on bail after investigation.

Meanwhile, a Filipino youth who was charged with two others of robbing a Tsim Sha Tsui watch shop owner of a timepiece worth $1.4 million early this month was refused his third bail application by Yim.

Denzel Ray Banaag, who is charged with a fellow Filipino and a Pakistani, failed to convince Yim to allow him to post bail for $25,000.

The magistrate said the alleged offense was serious, and there was a big chance the accused might abscond, as he had done in previous police cases.

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