A judge yesterday refused to reduce the jail term of a mainland burglar on the grounds of 'foreignness', saying the accused was 'physically and mentally prepared to adapt to Hong Kong life'. Lam Fung, 23, and co-accused Wong Siu-kit, 27, both from Fujian, sneaked into a village house in Sha Tin on June 24 this year and stole property, including jewellery, to the value of $2,200, the District Court heard. They were arrested two days later on suspicion of being illegal immigrants, prosecutor Duncan Percy said. However, when officers, who had noticed the pair both had minor injuries, escorted them to the Prince of Wales Hospital for treatment, Wong suddenly tried to grab one officer's revolver. He was soon subdued. Officers searched them and found some of the stolen property. Lam and Wong later confessed. Lam was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to burglary and unlawfully remaining in Hong Kong. Wong admitted the same charges, as well as attempting to possess a firearm without a licence, and was jailed for three years and eight months. Solicitor Andrew Lam Ping-cheong, for Lam Fung, asked Deputy Judge Anthony Kwok Kai-on to reduce his client's sentence on account of his 'foreignness', referring to the Court of Appeal decision in which Mr Justice Brian Keith had cut three months from the term of Swiss-German fraudster Felix Rohrer, 27, in August because Rohrer would have a harder time than locals adjusting to a Hong Kong prison. But Deputy Judge Kwok said of Lam: 'In my judgment, he was both physically and mentally prepared to adapt to Hong Kong life. It must follow that he was prepared to be a prisoner here once he got caught.' The foreignness argument was not raised in relation to Wong.