A MAN who helped tie up his sister and ransack her home was sentenced to six years and three months' jail yesterday. Judge Caird in the District Court called Kong Wan-toy's crime 'despicable' and 'cowardly'. 'It is a breach of trust, and it is a breach of family relations,' he said. On February 22 last year, businesswoman Kong Yun-ping, 29, was grabbed as she stepped out of her flat at Wang Tau Hom Estate with the $25,000 takings from her frozen-meat company. The intruder dragged Ms Kong back inside and shoved her into a bedroom. The man, whom she did not recognise, then demanded all her money. The court heard that Ms Kong had dropped her plastic bag of cash during the struggle, but she handed over her wallet, which contained $250. The intruder snatched a further $7,000 from a table in the room. It was then that Ms Kong realised that she and her captor were not alone. The man spoke to someone in the next room, and a hand appeared through the doorway holding a stocking. Her captor grabbed it and used it to tie her up. Then he gagged her, pushed her on to the bed and threw a sheet over her. She could hear the two men ransacking her flat. When the men left, she freed herself and discovered that her money had disappeared. She said a total of $32,250 had been stolen. Judge Caird described Ms Kong's attitude towards her brother as 'neutral'. 'She did not appear to bear any ill will towards her brother,' he said. Kong, 43, confessed to the crime when police arrested him on December 21 last year, Prosecutor Joseph Tse told the District Court. However, he pleaded not guilty to one count of robbery. The judge said the sentence was 'as merciful as possible under the circumstances'. Judge Caird said the defendant had not offered an excuse or explanation for his actions. Defence lawyer James Li said in mitigation that no weapon was used during the incident and the woman was unharmed.