Failed police cadet admits bribing senior

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 October, 1998, 12:00am

A cadet who failed three tests at the police training school tried to bribe his senior to avoid having to retake the year's training, a court heard yesterday.

Choi Wing-shing pleaded guilty to bribery at Eastern Court.

Magistrate Garry Tallentire expressed surprise the prosecution only wanted to put the cadet on probation.

'This offence is far too serious. A bind-over will send completely the wrong signal to society,' he said.

'This is a constable who tried to bribe his way through the force . . . [Choi] must have known it was extremely wrong.' The cadet, 20, failed three of his interim tests and was told in August he was one point short of passing his training. This meant he had to repeat the year.

On August 31, Choi was told to deliver $2,790 - collected from his colleagues for photographs - to his superior.

He seized the chance to slip in an extra $5,000 for the sergeant.

When asked by his sergeant what the extra money was for, Choi said he wanted to continue his training.

Mr Tallentire adjourned the case until October 15 for sentencing.