China National News
Thursday 25th December, 2008
Besides being jailed, the court asked Fu to pay a fine of 6,000 yuan (875 dollars) for robbing a woman of a bag containing more than 9,000 yuan worth of valuables at Beijing Railway Station, reports the China Daily.
However, Fu begged for longer jail term for his offence so he could spend his twilight years in a warm place where food was aplenty.
He said he was too aged to support himself by doing farm work in Qidong, his hometown in Hunan province.
He said that village authorities offered him a monthly subsistence allowance of 600 yuan, which he complained, "was too little to support myself"