Baby-wear shoplifter fined $500

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 January, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 January, 2004, 12:00am

A 32-year-old woman who was convicted of theft yesterday told the court she stole the items for her infant daughter.

Nguyen Thi-thuy, a divorcee with a six-month-old baby girl, was fined $500 after being convicted of one count of theft in Eastern Court.

Principal Magistrate Ian Candy said Nguyen was punished with only a small fine because it was her first offence. The court deducted the fine from her bail payment.

Nguyen shoplifted $633 worth of items from the Jusco department store in Kornhill Plaza on New Year's Day.

She placed a Disney toy car, a pair of purple Hello Kitty children's shoes, two pairs of blue and pink baby shoes and some baby clothes in her bag, and tried to leave without paying for them.

She was stopped outside the store.

Nguyen's lawyer said the woman was living on welfare payments of $5,600 a month and stole the items for her baby girl.

Outside court, the young mother said she regretted her error, which gave her a criminal record.

'I found the items very pretty but expensive. And I didn't have the money to buy them for the baby,' Nguyen said.

The mother, who looked tense and worried in the courtroom, grinned after the hearing, saying she was rushing back to her Shamshuipo home to look after her daughter.