Xiang Jun Wei
NZ Herald story 4th June 2002
Two Chinese men who kidnapped a six-year-old boy for $400,000 ransom have been jailed for up to 16 years. The High Court judge who imposed the sentence said it should serve as a warning to foreigners that New Zealand was no soft touch for serious crime. Justice David Morris used home invasion rules to sting the men even harder than the 11 years handed to Terence Traynor for kidnapping baby Kahurautete Durie. The men, Xiang Jun Wei, 27, and Wei Hua Liu, 24, snatched the boy at knifepoint from his west Auckland home on April 8.
They were caught in a police sting after they released the boy for cash dropped beside the Northwestern Motorway. Wei was given 16 years as a starting point for kidnapping, reduced to 12 for his early guilty plea. Liu was given a 14 year starting point, reduced to 10. However, Justice Morris then added three years to the sentences on burglary charges - to be served after the men finish their kidnapping sentences.
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Home invasion and kidnapping of a 6 year old West Auckland boy in April 2002
Wei Hua Liu
Sentenced to 16 years in June 2002, reduced to 14 years on appeal
Due for early release October 2011
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