An exhausted and hungry illegal immigrant broke into the house of late Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng Li-jun to have a rest, a court heard yesterday. Li Ping, 25, fell asleep on a sofa in the living room, where he was seen by the housekeeper and finally woken by police. He was jailed for two years and nine months after admitting having committed burglary on June 8 and illegally remaining in the SAR. Prosecutor Hayson Tse Ka-shu said a video player worth $4,000, six jade ornaments worth $3,000 and two sets of curtains were missing and never recovered. Mr Tse told the District Court someone had also cooked in the kitchen and drunk some wine. Defence lawyer Johnny Fee Chung-ming said Li only intended to sneak into the house in Carmel Road, Stanley, to sleep after he saw some windows were prised open. Mr Fee said it was possible another burglar had entered the house before Li. He said Li was driven to come to the SAR to find a job after he failed to secure employment in Shenzhen. Li, who came from Hubei, was eager to return to his family because his hometown was severely flooded. Judge Richard Davies was not moved by his personal circumstances. 'He is not in a different position to many millions in China who are motivated by the desire to come to Hong Kong for desperate financial and family circumstances. 'Because their motivation is so strong, the deterrent must be equally strong.' Teng died of an asthma attack while on holiday in Thailand five years ago, aged 42.