A woman accused of attempting to steal a 3.54 carat diamond from a Hong Kong gem show accidentally swallowed jewellery while she slept, a court was told yesterday. Prosecutor Louise Wong told Eastern Court yesterday morning that Liu Xiuluan, 33, was absent because she was in hospital after she "swallowed a fake diamond". Later, however, Liu was brought to court after two fake diamonds were excreted from her body. She told the court: "I did not have a bowel movement for four days before moving to Hong Kong. My stomach was not feeling well." She said she opened her mouth while she was sleeping and accidentally swallowed some jewellery items. Liu is charged along with Huang Yanming, 42, with attempting to steal a 3.54 carat diamond from Brilliant Star Company on Thursday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. As well as the two women, two men - Yang Hao, 23, and Zhou Yuhua, 36 - and three other women - Tang Xinxing, 26, Cheng Xiangrong, 34, and Zhou Lingyun, 32 - were also charged with attempting to steal diamonds and brooches at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair on the same day. The court heard the items they wanted to steal included a 7.88 carat diamond, valued at HK$1.3 million and four brooches, valued at US$840 each. The prosecutor alleged that all the accused were part of a syndicate from a city in Hunan province. Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai adjourned the cases to August 24 for further investigation. All the accused were remanded in custody.