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Woman stole from mum to pay mum's allowance

Published on Dec 24, 2013 8:25 AM
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Sarina Chan Jee Chin stole more than $38,000 worth of jewellery from her adoptive mother in order to give the 66-year-old a monthly allowance of $500. -- PHOTO: ST GRAPHIC 

SHE stole more than $38,000 worth of jewellery from her adoptive mother in order to give the 66-year-old a monthly allowance of $500.

In sentencing 24-year-old Sarina Chan Jee Chin to 21 months of probation and 130 hours of community service, District Judge Low Wee Ping said: "I don't think you are a criminal to be put in prison, but it was a very foolish way to please your adoptive mother."

Chan, who is from China and adopted when she was four, could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined for theft after pleading guilty.

The prosecution had argued that there was nothing unusual about this case to spare Chan a jail term, but the judge disagreed, saying there were "many special circumstances", including how ample restitution had been made.

 
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FOOLISH WAY TO PLEASE MUM

I don't think you are a criminal to be put in prison, but it was a very foolish way to please your adoptive mother.

- District Judge Low Wee Ping in sentencing Sarina Chan Jee Chin