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Kidnapper of Bossini heiress jailed for 12 years

By Li Xiange
Kidnapper of Bossini heiress jailed for 12 years
A file photo of Zheng Xingwang, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday for kidnapping Queenie Rosita Law in April 2015. (P rovided to China Daily)

HONG KONG - A 30-year-old mainland man will go to prison for 12 years, after pleading guilty to kidnapping Queenie Rosita Law, the granddaughter of the founder of the Bossini clothing chain.

High Court judge Justice Kevin Zervos told the accused Zheng Xingwang, that his sentence must be severe and act as a deterrent.

The judge noted that the crime was committed purely for personal gain, with complete disregard for the victim and her family. It will, no doubt, be a source of lingering distress for them, he stressed.

The torment suffered by the Law family, Zervos said, was beyond description. Her parents waited four days, fearing they might never see their daughter again.

He said the victim, a young woman, was a particularly vulnerable while being held captive. Six gang members had stormed into Law’s home in Sai Kung.

Two threatened Law with knives, forcing her to reveal combinations to two safes in the home, then they stole cash and jewelry valued at around HK$3 million. She was held captive in a cave for the next four days. Law lived in fear she would be killed.

The sentence, however, was mitigated. Zheng would have faced 18 years imprisonment but his sentence was reduced to 12 years because he pleaded guilty earlier this week.

"People who have worked hard and made a success of their lives in Hong Kong should not live in fear of kidnapping, nor be made to take protective measures," the judge said.

Zheng is the only member of the gang arrested in Hong Kong. Another eight members were arrested on the mainland. They pleaded guilty to the kidnapping in Shenzhen earlier this year.

The kidnapping was carried out on April 25, 2015. The victim's father Raymond Law Ka-kui received a call from the kidnappers, demanding a ransom of HK$58 million. After negotiations, the ransom was lowered to HK$28 million.

Zheng was arrested at the Lo Wu Control Point, attempting to cross the border and return to the mainland, on May 3, 2015.

Most of the ransom and jewelry had been recovered by Hong Kong and mainland police officers.

Chung Chi-ming, chief inspector of the Kowloon East regional crime unit told media outside High Court on Thursday that Zhang’s 12-year jail sentence brought closure to the high-profile case.

Chung said the police appreciated the trust and cooperation of the victim and her family, and also the cooperation of the mainland police authorities. Being able to solve this case highlighted the importance of maintaining cross-boundary law enforcement cooperation, Chung said.

Kidnapper of Bossini heiress jailed for 12 years

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