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May 1, 2017

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HK women sentenced to 5 months for vandalism, theft

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The case of two young Hong Kong women who were involved in theft and the vandalism of their rented unit in Taipei came to a close recently, with the judge granting a lenient sentence to the accused.

Yau Hiu Tung (邱曉彤) and Tsang Lai Wan (曾麗雲), who came to Taiwan as tourists, were arrested in the south after being charged for vandalizing the apartment which they had rented, and also for theft after escaping with a television from the rented accommodation.

On the day of their trial at the Taipei District Court, the duo had reportedly wept in court while admitting to both crimes. The girls had also allegedly stated that they knew they had been wrong, and that they feel remorse for taking their emotions out on others, begging for a second chance.

The public prosecutor has also stated that he plead in their favor, acknowledging their rebellious age and requesting the judge to grant a lenient sentence.

Reportedly, as a result of the prosecutor's plea and the confession of the duo, the judge reduced the processing of the case to a Summary Trial Proceeding (簡式審判程序). The judge has also been said to have considered the fact that both girls were first offenders below 20 years of age at the time of the crimes, as well as their financial reparation of NT$ 10,000 to the victim, and been lenient when charging the girls. The girls were found guilty of forgery, encroachment and theft, and were sentenced to five months imprisonment to be executed concurrently, and a fine of NT$ 150,000.

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