An illegal immigrant was given an extra two weeks' liberty yesterday when a judge decided not to release her on the day of the handover because 'everyone would be too busy'. Mr Justice Raymond Sears reduced Tung Yin's 12-month jail term on humanitarian grounds after the weeping woman told him she had miscarried while in custody. He considered ordering her freed on July 1, exactly four months after she slipped into Hong Kong, but then said it would clash with handover celebrations. Instead, the judge ruled that Tung, 22, who will have to be escorted back to China, be set free on June 15. The woman, who comes from a poor farming family, had borrowed $10,000 to pay for her trip to Hong Kong by ship. She sneaked into the territory on March 1 knowing she was pregnant and hoping to get a highly paid job. But she was stopped by police in Kowloon only a week later and found in possession of another person's identity card. Tung was jailed for a year by magistrate Michael Jenkins and appealed against the sentence at the High Court yesterday. She said she was distraught at the loss of her baby, which was due at the end of July. Tung had been rushed to hospital on May 3. Her parents died in 1985 and from the age of 12 she had worked on the family farm. Tung moved to Shenzhen in 1994 to work as a domestic helper and a shampoo girl. She became pregnant after falling in love with a colleague. But their affair only lasted two months. She told the judge she wanted to go home as soon as possible. He warned her not to return to Hong Kong without permission.