Air stewardess fined for theft at Paragon
A 27-YEAR-OLD Japanese flight stewardess was fined $7,000 yesterday for stealing from shops in Paragon earlier this year.
Satoko Otaka, who was suffering from major depression with impulse control disorder at the time of the offence, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft.
Another four charges of theft and one count of possession of stolen property were taken into consideration during sentencing.
The court heard that Otaka flew to Singapore on an All Nippon Airways flight early on Aug 4.
Fatigued, and with no sleep, she went to Paragon shopping centre in Orchard Road.
At about 12.20pm, a deputy manager at Marketplace supermarket detained Otaka for shoplifting and called the police.
Among other items she had taken from the shop were fruit, postcards, packaged soup and vegetable stock. The total value of the items was $171.74.
A Salvatore Ferragamo coin pouch, card holder and wallet were also found on her. The stolen branded items amounted to $1,750.
Police also found a pair of Mizuno men's tights in her possession. The item from World Of Sports cost $165.90.
Within half an hour that morning, she stole more than $2,300 worth of items.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Goh Yi Ling asked the court to impose a fine.
In mitigation, Otaka's lawyer Gary Low told the court that the offences were not premeditated nor committed for financial and material gain.
There was also no loss and the stolen items were recovered.
Mr Low said his client, who was ascertained to be suffering from major depression and impulse control disorder at the time, is now receiving appropriate psychiatric treatment.
Mr Low asked for utmost leniency from the court and for a fine of $6,000.
The penalty for theft is up to three years' jail, a fine or both.