Hong Kong teens who trashed Taipei apartment jailed

By Rebecca Unsworth, May 7, 2014

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The Hong Kong pair who trashed a rented Taiwan apartment have been sentenced to five months in prison and 40 days labour for theft, forgery and damage to property.

Tsang Lai-wun, 20, and Yao Hiu-tung, 19 made headlines earlier this year for using fake Hong Kong identity cards to rent a flat in Taipei in January. Before the pair secretly moved out on February 24 after paying nothing, they trashed the apartment leaving used sanitary pads and tissues, and piles of rotting food strewn around the accommodation. The duo also stole their landlord's 37-inch flat-screen television, broke a microwave oven and knifed a new sofa. They were arrested when their new landlord in New Tapei City saw them on a news bulletin about their previous crimes and informed the police.

The pair pleaded guilty to offences on April 30, after having hoped to settle the matter out of court by offering the landlord compensation. According to a court official, "they also asked for forgiveness from the landlord for stealing a flat-screen television and damaging furniture in the apartment”.

The duo received a lenient sentence because they repented and had no criminal record in Taiwan, the official said. The girls are also eligible for appeal.

The penalty imposed on the pair is convertible to a 30,965 yuan ($5,000) fine.

[Image via Apple Daily]

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