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English Teacher turns to Crime

An English teacher in Hong Kong turned to crime to recover some $10,000 HK ($1,200 US).

Jesse Leigh James (24) from South Africa, a kindergarten teacher, claimed he was owed money by Australian James Dawson after they had organized a party together. Initially Dawson claimed he had no money to pay so James ignored the debt. Until, that is, he met up with Russian computer programmer Sasha Palatnikov (24) who said he had seen tens of thousands of dollars in Dawson’s flat.

James & Palatnikov later went to Dawson’s apartment building, put on party masks, broke in and assaulted Dawson, tying him up. The pair then stole cash, a laptop plus Dawson’s passport and birth certificate.

However, they were incompetent thieves. They left one of the masks at Dawson’s apartment and were also caught on CCTV in the apartment block. Police soon found them.

The pair are due to be sentenced in January.

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