Nurse placed on reporting order for grocery theft

Nurse placed on reporting order for grocery theft

Stressed by work and personal issues, a nurse from a well-to-do family stole $13.22 in groceries from a supermarket.

Qu Kai, 33, was yesterday placed on a six-month day reporting order, without tagging, for theft on July 31.

This means she has to report regularly to a centre run by the Singapore Prison Service for supervision and counselling.

Qu, a nurse for more than 10 years, was also ordered to perform 120 hours of community service.

The items she stole from NTUC FairPrice Xtra at Ang Mo Kio Hub included a roast black pepper chicken worth $5.80, an Oreo cheesecake worth $3.50 and a $2 packet of shitake mushrooms.

According to court papers, Qu earns a gross monthly income of more than $4,800. Her husband, a senior associate at an architectural firm, earns a basic monthly wage of $7,500.

Her parents are retired doctors.

Defence counsel Richard Lim said his client had done a "foolish" act during a "momentary lapse of judgment".

She had gone to work with a heavy heart earlier that day after quarrelling with her husband.

Later on, Qu's mother asked her to buy some food for dinner, and to hurry home and help her Primary 3 daughter prepare for a Gifted Education Programme screening test, Mr Lim said.

He added that Qu's family was supportive and she would not reoffend.

For theft, Qu could have been jailed for up to three years and fined.

This article was first published on January 1, 2015.
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