An illegal immigrant who was recaptured after escaping from police custody on Monday was jailed for 17 months yesterday. Wong Chi-lam, 29, was convicted by Acting Principal Magistrate David Thomas in Eastern Court after pleading guilty to remaining in Hong Kong without the authority of the director of immigration and escaping from lawful custody. In mitigation, Wong's lawyer told Mr Thomas his client was a worker on the mainland, making about 700 yuan a month. He had come to Hong Kong because he wanted to make more money to support his six-year-old son and 52-year-old mother. The lawyer said Wong initially co-operated with police when he was arrested in Stanley at 1.20am on Monday. But when another man arrested with him suddenly resisted, he had taken the chance to flee. He had done so on impulse and not thought of the consequences. The court heard Wong and the other man were lying on a mat outside Pak Tai Temple in Stanley when two police officers approached. The pair were arrested when they could not show proof of identity. After Wong had been handcuffed, his companion put up a struggle and while the officers were trying to subdue him, Wong fled. But he left behind a China Post Office savings booklet in the name of Wong Chi-lam. At about 7.50pm that day, Wong was arrested in Sha Tau Kok Road.