Girl, 16, accused of helping gang

A 16-YEAR-OLD girl teamed up with other youths to rob two clinics and a karaoke bar in unsophisticated and badly planned crimes, the High Court heard yesterday.

Lee Kam-ha, on trial before Deputy Judge Pang and a jury, is charged with three counts of robbery. Bar hostess Lam Pui-sze, 21, faces a joint count of robbery. The total value of the goods stolen was about $30,000.

Senior Crown Counsel Christina Ma said Lee took part in the robberies with the youths, who were armed with knives.

During clinic robberies in Mongkok and Tsim Sha Tsui on May 5 last year, one of the gang posed as a patient to gain access. The victims were threatened and tied up.

The court heard that in the third robbery at a karaoke bar in Tung Choi Street, Mongkok, on May 7 last year, an employee recognised Lam but she denied her involvement to the police.

Plastic binders were used to tie up the victims and Miss Ma said that when Lee was arrested, these binders were found in her handbag.

Cash, gold items, compact discs and cartons of cigarettes were stolen.

The hearing continues.