• Kyodo


A suspect in a Tokyo jewelry theft case is set to plead guilty this month while his wife, a codefendant, will be freed, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Chan Kong-yiu, 53, and his wife, Connie, 38, appeared in a Hong Kong court on charges of conspiring to steal and handle stolen goods after they were caught earlier this year with watches and jewels worth ¥247 million stolen from the Tenshodo store in the upscale Ginza shopping district.

Chan was also charged with burglary at a Hong Kong commercial building in 2003 based on DNA evidence collected during the Ginza investigation.

Chan’s lawyer, Jackson Poon, told the court the defense and prosecution reached a consensus that his client will plead guilty to all charges while his wife will be released without charges when they appear in court Sept. 29.

Two other male suspects, Choi So-man and Chow Kwong-tung, will appear for trial Oct. 6 as scheduled.

Connie Chan, who was charged with money laundering and handling 104 rings, was granted bail in February.

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