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Mongolian pickpocket sentenced to 19 months in jail

2017/11/18 21:39:29

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Taipei, Nov. 18 (CNA) The Taiwan High Court sentenced a Mongolian national to 19 months in jail for stealing the purses of three commuters, containing a total of more than NT$50,000, (US$1,660) in April.

According to the ruling from the high court, Sodtungalag Ankhbayar, who came to Taiwan on a tourist visa, stole the purses on April 4, 13 and 22, on Wenhu line and Bannan line trains of Taipei Metro, as well as on the platform at Zhongxiao Fuxing station.

The Mongolian pleaded guilty during his trial at a district court and was sentenced to one year and seven months in prison, a sentence he appealed.

In its latest ruling, the high court agreed with the lower court's decision and handed down the same jail term which can not be appealed.

Ankhbayar is currently involved in another case being reviewed by the Taiwan Supreme Court involving six Mongolian men accused of pickpocketing in market places in the greater Taipei area between 2015 and 2016.

(By Liu Shih-i and Kuan-lin Liu)