THE Hong Kong representative of Shenzhen's Zhili factory, in which 87 people were burnt to death last year, was given a 'light' two-year jail sentence for breaching fire regulations because he had taken steps to compensate victims. Lo Chiu-chuen's wife, Chan Tak-ngan, was considering whether to appeal or to accept the sentence and apply for special bail to enable her 49-year-old husband to receive medical treatment. Lo has fallen ill during 11 months of detention in a 100 square-foot room with 40 other people. The factory's Hong Kong manager Leung Kin-kwok was jailed for three years. The factory's mainland manager Huang Guoguang was given six years and electrician Liu Guangwan two years. Their families were also considering an appeal. Two firemen charged with taking bribes from Huang and other operators were sentenced to 17 years and 10 years, and fined a total of 50,000 yuan (HK$45,500). A total of 87 people were killed and 51 others were injured in the fire on November 19 last year. The factory's 325 workers were unable to escape because the windows were sealed and exits blocked. The guilty verdicts and the sentencing were given during a court sitting at a 1,000-seat theatre in Shenzhen's Longgang district - the same place in which a two-day trial was held in August. Eighty per cent of the seats were filled before 9.30 am when the four accused, neatly dressed in new shoes and having had their hair cut, were led in. The four men were expressionless when the sentences were announced, but shouts of 'appeal' were heard from the vehicle taking them away after the 10-minute sentencing. The Longgang District People's Court said Lo had taken the initiative to compensate the victims and had arrived in Shenzhen the day after the fire, which demonstrated his concern and remorse. Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, the legal consultant of Lo who could have faced a maximum sentence of seven years, said his sentence was regarded as 'light' on the mainland. But she insisted Lo should be set free. The court also revealed that a Kuiyong town government enterprise, which owned Zhili, had also been held responsible for compensation. The court said the enterprise, Baoan Foreign Economic and Trade Development Company, had agreed to pay 4.9 million yuan. It is understood some cadres running the enterprise might also be subjected to administrative disciplinary action. Ms Leung accused the court of protecting the municipal government by failing to point out clearly the responsibility of the enterprise. Relatives of the four said the sentences were unfair and Hong Kong labour unions also doubted if justice was done because the case was treated like 'a show trial'. Hong Kong investors said the result had further dampened their interest in investing in China. Forty per cent of the factories in Kuiyong have closed and no new operators have started business there since the fire. The court said all Lo, Huang, 60 and Leung, 40 had a major responsibility in causing the fire while Liu, 28, had a direct responsibility as he had failed to change a substandard fuse. Mrs Lo, who broke down after the sentence, said: 'It is unfair. He is innocent but they still put him in jail.' She said Lo was very unhappy about the sentence and wanted to be set free as soon as possible. Leung's father, Leung Kin-ping, last night said they were not likely to pursue an appeal as they lacked the $100,000 needed. Deputy chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Industries, legislator Henry Tang Ying-yen, called on the mainland Government to better inform investors of their responsibilities.