SINGAPORE: A freelance media research consultant was placed on 21 months' probation on Monday for stealing jewellery from her adoptive mother.
Sarina Chan Jee Chin, 24, pawned the stolen jewellery and gave the cash to her adoptive mother as monthly household allowance.
Chan, who was unemployed after graduating from a polytechnic in 2010, was pressured by her foster mother to give a monthly allowance.
Between March 2011 and January this year, Chan stole some S$38,000 worth of gold jewellery from her foster mother when they were living together.
Chan pawned the stolen items to get cash. She later handed part of the cash to the mother and used part of it.
Over the three years, Chan gave the elderly woman some S$18,000.
The court heard that some S$18,800 worth of jewellery were recovered and Chan made restitution of S$19,100.
In sentencing, District Judge Low Wee Ping said he has never seen accused persons make restitution in excess of the amount taken.
He added that he is glad the pre-sentencing report found Chan suitable for probation.
Judge Low said it must have been a "psychological shock" to Chan when she discovered she had been adopted because of this case.
He pointed out that Chan's adoptive parents are not supportive of the probation but the court will review her progress in six months' time.
Chan was also ordered to perform 130 hours of community service.
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