18 February 2019
Love hurts: Chan Kai-ming's girlfriend said she was deeply hurt by his deception. Photos: HKEJ, YouTube
Love hurts: Chan Kai-ming's girlfriend said she was deeply hurt by his deception. Photos: HKEJ, YouTube

Man invites girlfriend’s family to dinner, ransacks her flat

A 28-year-old lady learned too late that the man of her dreams was a silver-tongued deceiver – and a ravenous thief.

Chan Kai-ming, 22, who is said to look like Cantopop singer Fred Cheng, pleaded guilty to five charges of theft, obtaining property by deception, and burglary before a district court on Monday, Apple Daily reports.

Chan was born in mainland China and migrated to Hong Kong in 1997.

He and the lady met through instant messaging app WeChat at the start of the year, and the two soon became lovers.

Life was sweet until the lady noticed that someone else was using her credit card. She later learned it was Chan who used it to buy six iPhone handsets worth HK$43,000 and resell them for quick cash.

In February, Chan invited his girlfriend and her parents to dine out.

But instead of showing up at the dinner table, Chan slipped into their flat in Taikoo Shing to commit burglary.

He was caught on CCTV cameras entering and getting out of the building of his girlfriend’s residence.

Among the items he stole from her home were four watches, a jade ring and 18 red packets, totaling over HK$30,000.

Chan’s girlfriend said she was deeply hurt, adding that a charge of deceiving one’s love should also be pressed against him.

Chan said he committed the offenses out of greed and said sorry to his girlfriend and her family.

Chan pleaded for leniency, noting that he didn’t mess up the flat while stealing the valuables and that he has no savings to compensate for the losses.

The elder brother of Chan’s girlfriend posted a video footage of Chan’s pictures on social media, warning people not to fall prey to the swindler, Headline Daily reported.

The brother said Chan had claimed that he came from a well-off family living in Residence Bel-Air in the Southern District and owned a company in Sheung Wan.

Chan has been remanded in custody until his sentencing on Aug. 1.

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