Ex-band member escapes jail in lewd-photo case
A former member of the boy band 4anda avoided a jail sentence yesterday for threatening a victim of a man jailed in a nude-photo case.
Lo Yan-kit, 26, was given a 240-hour community service order and chastised by the judge for not being straightforward with police.
The main defendant in the case, Jerome Lau Ting-sing, earlier received a 17-month jail term for indecent assault and criminal intimidation. He had more than 60,000 lewd photos of male models, including policemen and actors.
Deputy District Court Judge Ernest Lin Kam-hung said Lo had been dishonest in trying to hide the nature of his relationship with the 'morally despicable' Lau, who tricked men into posing for photos wearing G-strings. Yesterday's decision marked the end of the case, which had prompted much speculation about who had posed for the photos.
Lo had pleaded guilty to a count of intimidating one of the models.
The judge denounced statements that Lo made to the police as attempts to cover up his true relationship with Lau, who claimed Lo was his godson.
The judge said Lo had 'omitted a lot of particulars' in his description of the relationship.
Lin also noted that Lo had been made to 'submit to [Lau's] directions', such as having meals with Lau from time to time. Lo had accompanied Lau to all the trial hearings.
Lo told police that he acted on Lau's instruction only in 2008, when making telephone calls to threaten a model - identified only as Mr D - who was a fitness trainer and part-time model. Lo told Mr D that his photos would be posted on gay websites.
Lau - angry that the model did not contact him after their only photo session - later made a similar threat, Mr D told a hearing in May.
Lo said he had made the phone call because he, too, was under threat from Lau, who had photos of him in 'compromising postures'.
Lo 'dared not disobey' Lau, the judge said yesterday. But Lin told Lo: 'I have great reservations on this account - I don't think you are telling the truth.'
In delivering the sentence, the judge said Lo had fallen into 'bad company' after leaving school and entering the entertainment industry, in which he 'had not made much success'.
He said Lo would need 'soul searching' to reorient his life.
Expressing satisfaction with the sentence, Lo said after the hearing that he planned to leave the entertainment industry and get into the fashion business.