An immigration officer whose attempt to woo a mainland woman landed him behind bars had his sentence reduced yesterday after making an emotional plea to a judge. Chiu Sin-wai, 33, a married man, cried in the dock and said he realised he had been wrong to chase after women. His barrister Andrew Macrae urged Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu-oi to slash the sentence as Chiu's wife had recently given birth. The judge reduced Chiu's jail term from 18 months to 12 months. He cleared him of one charge, which reduced the sentence by three months. A further three months was cut on humanitarian grounds. Chiu had used a forged chop to stamp Yu Zhang Biyun's travel permit. Mr Justice Chan upheld a magistrate's ruling that Chiu was guilty of forgery. But he quashed a second charge of assisting an offender.