Date
23 March 2017
It has been more than a year since Nice Watch Co. (inset) in Mong Kok's CTMA Center was robbed of three Rolex watches worth HK$370,000. Three friends were convicted Wednesday and jailed. Photos: Google Maps, Internet
It has been more than a year since Nice Watch Co. (inset) in Mong Kok's CTMA Center was robbed of three Rolex watches worth HK$370,000. Three friends were convicted Wednesday and jailed. Photos: Google Maps, Internet

Judge shows leniency to robbers who stole for a friend

The things people do for a friend.

When Lam Gwing-chung, 22, needed his friends to help him pay for his grandmother’s hospital bill, he convinced them to join a criminal enterprise.

They robbed a Mong Kok jewelry shop and hauled away three Rolex watches worth HK$370,000 (US$47,740).

Problem is, there was no sick grandmother and no hospital bill to pay.

Instead, the jobless young man gambled the money away in Macau, according to Headline Daily.

It took more than a year for his friends to find out exactly how they were conned and only because of revelations at their trial.

On Wednesday, Judge Patrick Li jailed Lam five years and four months.

Lam’s accomplices — Lo Chun-hin, 21, and Lee Ka-yiu, 24 — received three years and 10 months, and four years and four months, respectively.

In sentencing, the judge threw the harsher punishment at Lam, calling him a bad influence and criticizing him for deceiving his friends.

He also noted that Lo was working as a real estate agent and Lee was employed in a logistics company at the time of the crime, suggesting they had no motivation to commit a robbery.

The robbery took place in July last year at the CTMA center in Mong Kok.

Lo pretended to be a customer to distract staff before Lam rushed in and held a knife to a sales clerk while helping himself to the watches.

Lam and Lee grabbed a taxi and quickly got away, leaving behind Lo, who was arrested at the scene.

Lo helped investigators in their search for the two, resulting in their arrests days later.

Lam and Lee were caught at different times in the ferry terminal, the former while returning from Macau and the latter while leaving Hong Kong.

No word if they’re still friends but your guess is as good as ours.

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