A former Cathay Pacific flight attendant admitted yesterday that she stole items including food, drinks, toiletries and stationery worth more than HK$1,000 while working on a flight from Auckland to Hong Kong. Kwong Man-fong, 43, told Tsuen Wan Court she committed the offence because of exhaustion and the effects of medication. Magistrate Albert Wong Sung-hau adjourned sentencing to December 30, pending probation and community service order reports. Kwong's 65-year-old mother, Ng Siu-wai, originally faced a joint count of theft, but the charge was withdrawn. The prosecutor told the court that Kwong took 168 items, including biscuits, beer, chocolates, mineral water, red wine, a sewing kit, pens, noodles and shaving cream during the flight on July 27. Two junior colleagues spotted her and reported her to the captain. Kwong resigned from the airline where she had worked for 23 years. Her lawyer said Kwong had been consulting a doctor since 2004 because of sleep and mental health problems. Kwong said that on the day of the thefts she had been worn out after going without sleep for 33 hours. After arriving in Auckland on July 24 she had gone to visit an uncle in New Plymouth, and had planned to fly back to Auckland on July 26. But the flight had been cancelled because of bad weather and she had to make a seven-hour journey by road. Her lawyer said she felt 'drunk' from tiredness and medication, and her self-control had been weakened. He submitted a report by her psychiatrist saying the medication could have affected her behaviour. Kwong was granted HK$5,000 bail pending sentencing.