A mainland burglar failed to have his jail term cut on the grounds of 'foreignness' yesterday after a judge told him he should feel at home behind bars in the SAR because he had been jailed here twice before. District Court judge Fergal Sweeney jailed Fung Sun-ming, 26, for four years. 'The issue of 'foreignness' was raised and a discount was asked for,' Judge Sweeney said. 'However, the defendant is no stranger to Hong Kong. 'He has been in custody in Hong Kong twice without any discount for his foreignness. He should have felt quite at home in local prisons by now.' Fung, a carpenter from Hubei province, pleaded guilty to unlawfully staying in Hong Kong but denied a burglary charge. The court heard he broke into a Kwai Chung flat at 2.30am on February 3. Choi Kwok-ping was watching TV with his wife when he went to investigate a noise in the bathroom. He encountered Fung and managed to subdue him before calling police. Fung admitted sneaking into the flat but said he only wanted to ask for food. Judge Sweeney dismissed his claim, saying if that was the case, 'he could have knocked politely on the front door'. Barrister Paul Chiu said his client asked him to raise the issue of foreignness in mitigation. 'The only 'foreign' element for him is that his family members will not be able to visit him due to tight immigration control,' Mr Chiu said.