The son of a Chinese government official was jailed yesterday for trying to bribe a British university professor with £5,000 to pass his degree.
Yang Li also took an imitation firearm into the meeting with the don and another senior academic at Bath University.
A court heard that Li, 26, was studying a masters degree in innovation and technology management and feared failure.
He was dismayed to learn he had been given just 37 per cent for his dissertation which was a fail – and would have meant him spending an extra year at the university.
That would have affected Li’s visa which he was hoping to upgrade from a student visa to a tier 1 visa.
Li, who was born and educated in China, asked to meet Professor Andrew Graves and Dr Stephen Shepherd to discuss his options.
Bristol Crown Court heard he told the pair ‘I am a businessman’ before placing £5,000 in cash on the table.
£5k just doesn\’t cut it I\’m afraid.
I\’m also amused by the Mail\’s photo. It\’s of a student dorm in the centre of town rather than of the uni itself. And no, it\’s not the student dorm the bloke lived in either.