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Filipina asylum seeker jailed 4 months for selling cannabis

26 May 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The defendant admitted selling cannabis (marijuana) at Kennedy Town MTR station

A Filipina torture claimant and former domestic helper was sentenced to four months in jail today, May 26, after she pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in March.

Dorina Miswara, 36, was arrested after she was put on the wanted list for selling a small bag of cannabis worth $2,100 to an undercover police officer at the MTR station in Kennedy Town on Mar 11, then disappeared for a few days.


Miswara was found and arrested on Mar 22 by police officers who responded to a call about a dispute at the Fa Yuen St and Argyle St in Mong Kok.

When she appeared today before Magistrate Peter Law in Eastern Court, she was asked to plead to a charge of drug trafficking but not to a separate charge of overstaying, as her lawyer said she was awaiting the result of her application to stop deportation.

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The magistrate set down the hearing of the overstaying charge on Aug 26.

In mitigation, the defense lawyer said Miswara had worked for just one person who paid her $300 per delivery of drugs.


But Magistrate Law did not accept this, saying investigators discovered in the defendant’s phone that she had made deliveries to a wide buyer network via the mobile app Telegram.

The defense counsel said her client came to Hong Kong last year to work as a domestic helper earning $4,630 a month. She was dismissed prematurely early this year but did not leave after her limit of stay lapsed on Mar 2.

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Miswara has three children, two of whom are teenaged girls, They are looked after by their grandmother, and everyone depended on the defendant for financial support.

She also cited Miswara’s guilty plea and the small amount of drug seized as she asked for a lenient sentence,

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Law, however, discounted her sentence only for her guilty plea, saying he saw no other reason to justify a further cut.

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