The Eastern Magistrates' Court on Hong Kong Island. Photo: HK Government

A Hong Kong student pleaded guilty at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court to stealing from a Filipina church volunteer and also to a second charge of stealing from a co-worker.

Defendant Harry James S. was arrested for stealing HK$7,000 (US$893) from M.S. Florentino at St Jude’s Church in North Point on Hong Kong Island in July, reported.

The court heard that a church security guard saw the defendant loitering inside the church compound and later witnessed him entering a room on the second floor, where he remained for around five minutes.

Florentino had left her belongings inside the room and the defendant took her wallet which contained more than HK$7,000 and two Philippine identification cards.

The defendant was arrested and charged, and later allowed to post bail. Then, on August 20, he stole a wallet from a co-worker when he was working part-time during a food expo at the Hong Kong Exhibition Center.

The co-worker had left his wallet which contained HK$31,000 in cash (US$3,955) inside his backpack.

The police later searched the defendant’s house and recovered HK$22,370 (US$2,854). The student also admitted to the crime.

His defense lawyer said the defendant expressed remorse, adding that he was ready to compensate the second victim.

Judge Peter Law called for probation and community service reports before sentencing the defendant.