Defendant wants lewd pics of men back

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am


A businessman who sexually assaulted a male model he lured to take part in nude photography sessions is demanding the return of 60,000 lewd images of men seized by police.

Jerome Lau Ting-sing, 62, awoke behind bars today as he awaits sentencing after being convicted of one count of indecent assault and two of criminal intimidation.

But before the District Court gave its verdict yesterday, Lau, who is openly homosexual, was adamant that the nude pictures seized from the home he shares with his mother in Happy Valley were his and that he would fight for their return.

'They want to usurp my property. I would not allow it happen. I would definitely chase them to get back my things no matter whether I am [convicted] or not,' he said outside the court earlier in the trial. He claims to have taken more than one million photos of 10,000 men since the 1970s.

It is understood that police will apply to the Department of Justice to confiscate the pictures and negatives. Among those photographed was a police chief inspector and civil servants, along with male models and actors.

Defence counsel had planned to summon the chief inspector, but decided against it.

Lau's comments about the pictures were typical of his behaviour in the weeks leading up to the trial. While most defendants keep a low profile, Lau seemed to take delight in being chased by swarms of reporters.

The former Diocesan Boy's School pupil, who describes himself as a Christian, made comments on the figures of male stars and even male reporters in court, admitting a preference for muscular men.

On the first day of his trial he likened his case to a piece of 'dramatic fiction' and said he enjoyed 'listening to stories' very much.

Reporters followed him when he shopped or ate out and he would name male stars he had photographed, sending ripples of alarm through the entertainment industry.

It's not the first time Lau, who studied sociology at Chinese University, has found himself in the spotlight. He was at the heart of a sensational police scandal in 1995, when 5,000 nude and semi-nude pictures of officers were seized from his home. Some 56 junior officers faced disciplinary hearings, of whom at least six were fired and four had to retire. On that occasion Lau faced no charges.

The police did not respond to a request for comment last night.

1 million

The number of photographs of men Lau claims to have taken in the past four decades.

- Police seized 60,000 pictures from him