Robber jailed for raids on banker

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 May, 2012, 12:00am


A mainland man involved in two break-ins at the home of an investment banker on The Peak that netted more than HK$2 million of valuables was jailed for 10 years yesterday.

Lau Hung, 36, who was living in the city illegally, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery at the Court of First Instance.

In the first of the raids, the gang threatened to kill a family member. In the second, Lau kissed the banker after stealing his cash.

Stefan Bollinger, a managing director of investment bank Goldman Sachs, his wife, Antigone Theodorou, and his mother-in-law, Evangelia Theodorou, were all injured in the first incident in November 2010.

Bollinger and his wife were asleep at home in Mount Austin Road when they heard the mother-in-law scream at 2.30am. They rushed from their third-floor bedroom to the second floor, where they found Lau and two accomplices wielding knives. The robbers rushed towards Bollinger, cutting his left forearm, and held a knife to his wife's neck. The mother-in-law was stabbed in the thigh before the family were tied up

After ransacking the house, the robbers forced Bollinger's wife to drive to a cash machine to get more money, warning her that a member of the family would be killed if she called the police. They left with valuables worth HK$2.2 million.

Lau broke into the house again in August last year, taking Bollinger's ATM card and HK$5,500 before kissing him on the face.

Lau was arrested later the same day when a police patrol saw him walking down Old Peak Road.

Mr Justice Derek Pang Wai-cheong passed sentences of 10 years and eight years for the two crimes, to run concurrently.

Two other men, both illegal immigrants from the mainland, have also been charged in connection with the first robbery. They will appear in court at a later date.