Three imprisoned for lift robberies

THREE men were yesterday sentenced for their roles in a series of armed lift robberies over a two-month period in 1991.

Chan Shun-po, 28, and Lee Ping-tak, 21, were both jailed for six years and Law Kam-yan, 22, was jailed for eight years after pleading guilty before Mr Justice Saied.

Law admitted six counts of robbery and one of theft, while Chan pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery and Lee three counts. The offences occurred between July and September 1991.

Mr Wong Hay-yiu, counsel for Chan, said Chan had been unemployed for a few months and committed the offences to get quick money.

On behalf of Law, Mr Wong said he had a clear record and had acted out of character.

Mr Mike Delaney, for Lee, said his client had not carried a knife. He told the court Lee had committed further offences while on bail for these charges and was serving a two-year jail term for robbery.

He said Lee needed money because while working in a garage he damaged a car and had to pay compensation.

Mr Justice Saied ordered Lee's sentence to run from the time he was taken into custody 13 months ago.