A YOUNG woman with a yen for leatherwear was sentenced to 18 months' probation after she robbed and terrorised a Causeway Bay shop assistant and her boyfriend. On September 29, 1993, Wong Mei-king, 20, stole a pair of leather shorts while she and her godmother were browsing in the Len clothing store, the District Court heard. Shop assistant Ng Yuk-ping noticed the shorts had gone missing and chased the women. When she caught up with them, Wong admitted she had taken the shorts and gave Ms Ng a bracelet as a deposit until she returned with the money. At closing time, Ms Ng shut the shop and set out for home. But she was confronted by Wong, her godmother Chu Yuet-ming, 40, her brother Wong Tak-ming, 21, friend Choi Ka-keung, 21, and three unknown men. The seven forced Ms Ng to return the bracelet. Two days later, the gang went back to the shop while Ms Ng was there with her boyfriend. They accused Ms Ng of losing a bracelet and a necklace and demanded $40,000 compensation. Choi told the frightened couple a group was waiting at a restaurant across the street to come and chop them if the demands were not met. Wong was convicted of theft and robbery. She was sentenced to 18 months' probation and given an 11 pm curfew. Before passing sentence, Judge Whaley said he felt that Wong, who is pregnant, deserved a second chance. 'I'm persuaded to give her the opportunity to put the past behind her and turn over a new leaf,' he said. Three other gang members were sentenced last month to more than two years in prison. Wong Tak-ming and Chu were given 21/2-year sentences, while Choi received three months less for pleading guilty.