Cancer survivor fined HK$1,200 after stealing apparel

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Eastern Magistrates Courts in Sai Wan Ho

A 55-year-old Filipina domestic worker who had cancer was fined HK$1,200 after she admitted to stealing four white shirts, a pair of sandals, and six packs of wet wipes from a clothing store in Causeway Bay.

V. Iniego pleaded guilty to the theft charge lodged against her at the Eastern Court on Tuesday.

The value of the stolen goods was not mentioned.

The prosecution said that around 5:37 on May 25, a security guard saw her taking some items from the display rack and placing them in her bag. When she left without paying, the guard stopped her and inspected her bag where he found the stolen items.

The woman was arrested shortly after and admitted to stealing out of greed during questioning.

Her defense lawyer told the court that this was her first offense in her 34-year stay in Hong Kong as a domestic worker. The lawyer added that she was undergoing dialysis at a hospital.

Magistrate Peter Law ordered Iniego to pay a fine of HK$1,200 after her guilty plea.

Meanwhile, the case of a Filipino domestic worker accused of stabbing two other men last January will be transferred to the District Court.

Mark Gregory Baldomaro is facing two charges of wounding after Tirso Fernandez and Reginald Aguilar were attacked in Edinburgh Place in Central on Jan. 30.

His case will be heard at the District Court on June 29.