A TRANSPORT worker jailed for an armed holdup at a beauty salon, yesterday had his 15-year jail term reduced by one year. The Court of Appeal held that the trial judge, Mr Justice Leonard, should have treated Hui Fuk-ming as though he had a clear record. Instead the judge took into account a conviction for making off without paying for a meal in 1983, for which he was bound over. Mr Justice Macdougall said this was not a matter that should have influenced the sentencing judge when deciding whether to give a discount for previous good character. The court held that a starting point of 15 years was not wrong, given that armed robberies were increasingly prevalent and deterrent sentences were necessary, but allowed a reduction of one year for his previous good character. Earlier the court had rejected Hui's appeal against conviction. He was found guilty after two witnesses identified him as the man holding the gun during the robbery at the Ocean Lady Beauty Centre, Nathan Road, on November 26, 1991. His counsel, John McNamara, argued that two other victims had failed to identify him and there was a lurking doubt that the conviction was safe.