The High Court sentenced a 54-year-old mainlander to nine years and eight months in jail after he confessed to robbing a hotel guest in Tsuen Wan last year.
Yang Xingyun admitted to seven charges, including robbery, theft and obtaining property by deception, TVB News reports.
The court heard that Yang arrived in Hong Kong on March 17 last year and followed the 32-year-old victim, who is also from the mainland, to L’hotel Nina where she was billeted.
As she was opening the door to her room, Yang pushed her inside and tied up her hands, used toothpaste and tape to cover her eyes and forced her to take sleeping pills dissolved in water, according to Apple Daily.
The victim tried to call for help and flee, only to be beaten up by Yang, who also threatened to cut off her ears.
Yang left with her credit cards, cash, mobile phone, a Prada handbag and a Gucci purse nine hours later.
A hotel employee helped the victim call the police.
Yang returned to the mainland on the same day he left the hotel after he used the victim’s cards to buy an iPhone Plus and a pair of sports shoes.
He was arrested at the customs checkpoint on April 4 last year while he tried to reenter Hong Kong.
He confessed to the crimes, and said he was suffering from financial distress.
In giving him a heavy jail sentence, the judge said his offenses were serious and the victim suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.
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