A man was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment at Kowloon City Magistrate's Court today (October 8) for stealing properties from a visitor's e-locker outside Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre (LCKRC).
The court heard that the man, a prison visitor, had peeped on the PIN-code locker ticket of a female prison visitor in the waiting room of LCKRC's Visit Registration Unit on October 2. He later stole properties from that woman's e-locker by inputting the PIN-code he saw from her ticket.
After investigations by the police supported by information provided by LCKRC which included video footage captured by CCTV in the waiting room, the man was arrested at his reported address in Yuen Long on October 6. Some items inside the e-locker were recovered.
The man was subsequently charged with theft and sentence was handed down today.
A spokesperson for the Correctional Services Department said the pin code of each visitor e-locker was printed at the back of the ticket when it came out from the locker control panel. Despite that, notices reminding locker users to keep their tickets safely were displayed on the e-lockers. More notices reminding them to do so were displayed by all correctional institutions following the incident.
To further enhance the department's services, CSD would continue to explore new equipments for use in Hong Kong's penal institutions including visitor lockers, the spokesperson added.
Ends/Thursday, October 8, 2009
Issued at HKT 20:25