Man Jailed After Lifting Sleeping Ex-Girlfriend's Eyelids To Steal £18,000
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A man stole thousands of pounds from his ex-girlfriend by lifting her eyelids while she slept, it has been revealed.
The 28-year-old from Nanning, China, crept up on his former partner while she slept and used her phone's facial recognition to transfer almost £18,000 out of her account.
Identified only by his family name of Huang, the man reportedly used the woman's fingerprints to unlock her Huawei device to access her accounts in December 2020.
According to documents seen by The Times, he was then able to access her Alipay payment platform by lifting her eyelids so that the phone would recognise her face.
The woman, known by the family name Dong, went home with Huang, who cooked her a meal.
However, according to reports, Huang dosed her dinner with cold medicine, which made her drowsy and caused her to fall asleep.
And it was then that he took the opportunity to steal her money.
Local news reported that Huang had racked up huge gambling debts and needed the money to pay them off.
But it didn't take long for Dong to realise that something sinister had gone on.
The following morning, she received a message from her bank informing her that she had made a large transfer, which, of course, she had not done herself.
Following an investigation, Huang was arrested by police a few months after the incident and has since been found guilty of theft by using secret methods to steal someone else's property.
At a court hearing recently, he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.
He was also ordered to pay a fine of 20,000 yuan (£2,400).
Earlier this year, a man who became a millionaire because of banking glitch was jailed for six years for theft.
Roman Yurkov, from Tula, Russia, was stunned when he saw that he'd received 95.2 million rubles (£976,000/$1.2m) last year.
The sum was the result of a technical error during an update of his bank's mobile app in June 2020.
But while most people would probably have realised that something wasn't quite right, the 35-year-old reportedly decided to enjoy his newfound wealth.
Yurkov described it as like being 'in the movies', saying: "I bought everything I wanted. Well, only I didn't buy the plane."