A Uniqlo store in Hong Kong. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A 39-year-old Filipina domestic worker denied a theft charge at the Eastern Magistrates Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty, despite the evidence against her.

Lulu Pasia pleaded not guilty to stealing goods from clothing retailer Uniqlo, sunwebhk.com reported.

The court heard that the woman went to a Uniqlo shop on Sunday and took eight pairs of boxer shorts, eight pairs of socks, three umbrellas, one backpack and one handbag without paying. The value of the stolen items was not mentioned.

A store staff member discovered her stealing and intercepted her outside the shop. The goods were found in her bag, but she could not produce a sales receipt for them. They called police, who arrested the woman.

The prosecution sought an adjournment for further investigation and legal advice. The woman’s lawyer said her employer would be terminating her job contract on April 5 as a result of the case.

Magistrate Peter Law granted a cash bail of HK$1,000 (US$127) and told the defendant to return to the court on April 15.

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