A HOUSEWIFE who claimed she was under the influence of sleeping pills when she staged a terrifying armed raid on a fashion boutique was yesterday placed on probation for 18 months. Judge Hawkes ordered that Fung Mui-lee, 35, receive psychological treatment as recommended by her probation officer. The judge said the case was 'rather bizarre' but added it was proper for the Crown to accept Fung's guilty pleas to lesser charges of common assault on two shop assistants and a taxi driver. The Crown accepted it could not prove Fung's claims were lies and did not proceed with robbery allegations, which she steadfastly denied. Prosecutor James McGowan told the District Court Fung had tied up two shop workers, taken 100 dresses and tried to hijack a taxi as a getaway car. The housewife testified she was in a dream-like state after taking 28 sleeping tablets and had no memory of what she had done until she woke up in a police station. In December 1994, Judge Sweeney rejected her story and jailed her for three years. But the Court of Appeal ruled the District Court judge had been wrong to demand Fung prove she did not intend to commit robbery. A new trial was ordered. On July 23, 1994, the court heard, Fung entered Chui Yat Fashion Shop in Hunghom, wearing black gloves, sunglasses and a headscarf. She selected 100 dresses worth $10,600 and claimed she was going to resell them to Taiwan. After the shop owner and her 17-year-old assistant finished bagging the clothes, Fung threatened them with a knife. Before fleeing, she knelt down and begged them not to report the case to the police because she was suffering from cancer and was controlled by triads. Fung was subdued by a taxi driver and three police officers.