Jilted teenager given life for killing lover

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 December, 1998, 12:00am

A teenager who strangled his girlfriend to death when she ditched him was jailed for life yesterday.

In the Court of First Instance, Madam Justice Clare-Marie Beeson dismissed an impassioned plea by the defence that Lee Yin-wai, 18, be given 'hope and some help' by jailing him for a finite period. Lee had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Sze Fung-yi, 17, last Christmas Eve after she admitted seeing another man.

'Life imprisonment is severe given Lee's age,' the judge said. 'However, with his poor long-term [psychological] prognosis and frequent violent outbursts . . . I'm unable to give a sentence that ensures when he is released, he is no longer a danger to others.' Opening the defence summation with an Oscar Wilde quote: 'Every man kills the thing he loves', John Miller asked that Lee be given a 10-year sentence and psychiatric treatment.

'Assistance rather than condemnation alone,' he said. 'He bitterly regrets what he did. It lives with him day in, day out, in perpetual re-enactment of the tragedy that occurred.'