Hong Kong court jails womanising idler who preyed on girlfriend and her parents

School dropout arranged dinner with the woman’s parents, then burgled their home

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 August, 2016, 9:46pm
UPDATED : Monday, 01 August, 2016, 10:19pm

A womaniser who used his girlfriend’s credit cards to pay for six iPhones and arranged a meal out for her parents so that he could burgle their home was jailed for three and a half years on Monday.

A background report on Chan Kai-ming, 22, noted that he quit school in Form Three and had since idled his time in defiance of his parents.

“Worse still, he turned to shopping for luxury goods, gambling, womanising, and smoking to release the stress of boredom,” Deputy District Court judge Bina Chainrai read from the report. Chan would rely on his parents to pick up his credit card bills.

When his debts spiralled out of control, Chan, who had a track record of dishonesty, preyed on friends, targeting “especially the ladies”, the report said.

The judge noted how Chan lured his girlfriend Kathy Yip Lee-chi and her family members from their Taikoo Shing home to the “opposite end” of Hong Kong Island so that he could burgle their flat.

He pleaded guilty last month to one count of theft, three of obtaining property by deception, and one of burglary in January and February this year involving items worth about HK$70,000.

The court heard earlier that Chan met Yip, a 28-year-old property agent, through text messenger app WeChat in early January.

The two quickly clicked and would stay in hotels together, during which times Yip noticed her credit card, which had disappeared, was used to buy two iPhones. A new card was billed with four additional iPhones in less than a month.

The burglary took place on February 15, when Chan failed to turn up at the dinner he had arranged in Sheung Wan.

At least one mobile phone, four watches worth HK$24,000, a jade ring worth HK$3,000 and HK$1,800 in cash in 18 red packets went missing.

Chan, who was arrested in Lan Kwai Fong when he bumped into Yip, admitted to police that he stole the woman’s credit cards while she was taking showers, and he used her key to gain access to her home.