A real-life soap opera came to court yesterday when an interior designer was convicted of burglary. The plot included a jilted lover, a wedding-day threat and a false crime trail leading to a beauty salon. Ma Pui-ying, 29, an interior designer for Sun Hung Kai Properties, sobbed in the dock as Deputy Judge Patrick Lim read out the guilty verdict in the District Court. Her jilted friend, Angela Law Kam-yuk, 32, had wanted her ex-boyfriend framed for burglary, the court heard. She hounded Ma into creating the scene of the crime by ransacking Ms Law's brother's Chai Wan flat. Ma told the court Ms Law threatened to harm her and her boyfriend on their wedding day if she did not carry out the break-in on August 11 last year. But when she finally agreed, the plot backfired. A vigilant neighbour called the police when he noticed the door to the flat was ajar and they caught Ma red-handed. She was found in the flat with a bag containing a gold necklace, lai see packets, foreign coins and $110 in cash. Her friend then betrayed her by telling the court Ma, who denied burglary, had taken keys to the flat while they were having a facial. Ms Law denied wanting to frame her ex-lover, Ricky Kwok Tze-pong, after he dumped her for another woman. However, Judge Lim rejected this, saying: 'I have the gravest doubt she was telling me the truth about the loss of keys.' Moreover, she denied the allegation 'with an air of flippancy', he said. He agreed Ma was only helping out her friend and had intended to give the goods back to Ms Law. 'It would be folly for the defendant to sneak into a flat on a Sunday afternoon unless she had an expectation no one would be there,' he said. The defendant also had a photocopy of a notice from the building management that the door code had been changed. 'If Ms Law did not give her the paper, then how did the defendant get hold of it?' Judge Lim asked. But he added Ma must have known her friend had no permission to take items from the flat. Defence counsel Shane Cunningham convinced the judge to allow Ma to remain on bail pending reports. She will be sentenced on June 27.