12 years' jail for gang member who abducted Bossini heiress
A MEMBER of a gang that abducted a Hong Kong heiress for a multi-million-dollar ransom was jailed for 12 years yesterday after what the judge described as a "terrible ordeal" for the victim.
Queenie Rosita Law, granddaughter of late textiles tycoon Law Ting Pong who founded the Bossini clothing chain, was abducted from her house in Hong Kong in April last year.
The 29-year-old was held in a mountain cave before family members paid a ransom of HK$28 million (S$4.8 million) for her to be released three days later.
Zheng Xingwang, 30, was the only suspect on trial in Hong Kong and pleaded guilty to one count of forcibly taking or detaining a person with an intent to procure a ransom.
Eight other men have appeared in court in the mainland, where they have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting a verdict.
Ms Law and her boyfriend were asleep at her house in Clearwater Bay when six mainland Chinese men gained entry, the court heard.
They stole about HK$3 million worth of jewellery and cash from two safes.
They tied Ms Law to one of the gang members and she was carried on foot to a hillside cave 11/2 hours away.
Her boyfriend was told to notify her father of the ransom demand.
Zheng provided logistical support and supplies, the court heard.
"I see no justification to distinguish his role from the others as he clearly came to Hong Kong with them with the sole purpose of carrying out this kidnapping," judge Kevin Zervos said.
His thumbprints were found on one of the brown envelopes carrying the ransom money. Throughout the ordeal, Ms Law had feared for her life, even though she was not physically harmed, Judge Zervos said.
Zheng was on trial in Hong Kong as he was caught in the city - the others were arrested in the mainland.
Police in Hong Kong had embarked on a massive operation to hunt down the gang, deploying heavily armed officers, helicopters and marine vessels.
Almost all the money has been recovered. While kidnappings are rare in Hong Kong, there have been high-profile cases, including the abduction of the son of tycoon Li Ka Shing in 1996. He was released after his father reportedly paid a HK$1 billion ransom.