Date
30 March 2017
After serving his jail sentence, 73-year-old Shi Kau-yan wants to look for a job, preferably in a shoe factory. Photo: HKEJ
After serving his jail sentence, 73-year-old Shi Kau-yan wants to look for a job, preferably in a shoe factory. Photo: HKEJ

Elderly man in fake HKID case regains freedom after jail term

A 73-year-old man was released from prison on Monday after having been sentenced to four months in jail for using a fake Hong Kong identity card to be able to work as a security guard, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Shi Kau-yan is deemed to have completed the jail term handed down by a court in April after the holidays were taken out and his good behavior in prison was considered.

Lawmaker Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, who has been helping him and his wife, said Shi plans to apply for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance but he still wants to look for a job for self-reliance.

“Shi always puts much effort in working to earn a salary,” Cheung said, adding that although he thought the jail term was too harsh, Shi did not appeal.

Shi wants to work in a shoe factory as that was his occupation when he was younger, Apple Daily quoted Cheung as saying.

Cheung, who visited him last week, said Shi looked healthier than before.

He said jail officers treated Shi well in prison, exempting him from hard work in view of his health problems including high blood pressure, diabetes and a kidney ailment.

Shi had used a fake ID to hide his real age to be able to work as a security guard from 2008 to 2014.

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