A fiance jailed for 15 months for sheltering his bride-to-be was freed yesterday. Court of First Instance judge Mr Justice Arthur Leong Shiu-chung said the magistrate had been too harsh when jailing Chan So-kee on July 25. Chan, 37, admitted aiding and abetting an illegal immigrant by inviting his fiancee into his village home on June 26 and making her supper. Mainlander Ng Yuet-sheung arrived in Hong Kong on a boat from Zhuhai. She landed at Tsuen Wan, took a taxi and surprised her boyfriend by turning up on his Ta Kwu Ling doorstep, near the border. Ng, 36, stayed for a month but was arrested with Chan on July 21. She was extradited to China after admitting entering Hong Kong illegally. Richard Wong, defending, said Chan could either harbour her or report her to police. At Chan's appeal yesterday, the judge agreed Ng had showed up unexpectedly, leaving Chan 'no alternative but to harbour her'. Mr Justice Leong said Chan had served enough time already and reduced the sentence to allow Chan to be freed immediately. Chan admitted the charge at Fanling Court on July 25.