A 20-YEAR-OLD illegal immigrant who was caught working in a nightclub had her 15-month jail term reduced to allow for her immediate release to see her dying father. Mr Justice Power, at the Court of Appeal, said the courts had been sceptical many times about medical certificates produced on behalf of relatives of appellants. But he said he had no hesitation in accepting the affidavit of the aunt of the appellant who had attached two medical reports which stated that the father of Ko Hung had only six months to live. He is being treated in a hospital in Zhongshang for cancer of the liver. Early this year he suffered some paralysis. His elder son is serving a five-year jail term for theft and his younger son is only 15 and not in a position to care for him. Miss Charlotte Draycott for the appellant appealed on humanitarian grounds and asked the court to allow immediate release of Ko to see her critically-ill father. The appellant was arrested on November 19, last year when police raided a nightclub in Kowloon. She was asked to produce her Hongkong identity card and handed over a forged one. She revealed that she sneaked into the territory a month earlier after paying 7,000 yuan (HK$9,429). She was charged with using a forged identity card and remaining in Hongkong without the permission of the Director of Immigration and was jailed for 15 months. Miss Draycott presented a fresh affidavit to the court from the aunt of the appellant confirming the appellant's father was terminally ill.