Chinese national Tianzhao (Shan jow) “Alex” Feng, who is accused of setting fire to his former place of employment, has no legal status in the country and has again been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.
Feng appeared before Magistrate Conliffe Clarke on Wednesday, June 23, to have his bail reconsidered. However, he was unable to meet the requirements for bail, including having two Antigua & Barbuda nationals sign as sureties.
Since Feng does not know anyone here who would sign on his behalf, he will have to remain on remand until his case is heard – or until two national sureties are presented.
Meanwhile, during his first appearance on June 9, the Court was informed that there appeared to be some inconsistencies regarding Feng’s immigration status.
Checks were subsequently made by the Immigration Department, which confirmed that the Chinese national is out of legal time in the country.
Feng claims that his passport is being held at the Chinese Embassy. Therefore, the Court has instructed an Immigration officer, who was present for the proceedings, to make every effort to obtain the travel document before Feng returns to court for committal proceedings on September 29.
Feng is charged with arson, related to the burning of the XPZ Supermarket on the Sir Sydney Walling Highway on June 1. His co-workers last saw him at about 11 p.m. on May 31, and the fire occurred sometime after 2 a.m. next morning.
He removed himself from a chat group and went missing for a week – during which time he refused to answer calls – before turning himself over to the Police, on June 7.
Allegations are that he was having issues with his Chinese colleagues.