Two Hong Kong women who served five months in a Taiwanese prison for trashing their rented flat, were put on a plane Tuesday by authorities and deported back to Hong Kong, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.
Yau Hiu-tung, 19, and Tsang Lai-wun, 20, were jailed by a Taipei court in May for theft, forgery and damage to the property of their landlord.
They said in a statement conveyed by the Yilan Detention Center that they felt very sorry for the trouble they had caused to Taiwanese society.
The center said they had already paid the landlord the money they owed him and bought their plane tickets home out of their own pockets.
Center officials rejected their request to put on makeup before heading to the airport. Many reporters and photographers were waiting outside the detention center and at the airport.
The pair, who visited Taiwan as tourists in January, used fake IDs to rent a flat in Taipei, where they lived for more than a month without paying their rent.
They told the landlord they were waiting for money transfers from their parents in Hong Kong — but secretly moved out in late February, leaving behind piles of rotten food, garbage and graffiti on the walls saying “F*** U” and “Taiwan is China”.
The pair went on the run after the landlord reported them to police. After they were caught in late March in Tainan city in southern Taiwan, they pleaded guilty to the charges.
Yau and Tsang served their sentences in Yilan Prison in northeastern Taiwan and were discharged on October 19 and October 24, respectively, then waited in the Yilan Detention Center to be deported.
Taiwan has banned the pair from entry for five years and will strictly review any application to visit the island after that, Taiwan media reported.
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