Tart evidence bugs court staff

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 October, 1998, 12:00am

Clerks and interpreters at Eastern Court cringed yesterday when an eight-month-old coconut tart and a bottled cockroach were presented as evidence.

Property development company manager Chiu Ka-wai had found the insect in the tart, allegedly bought from the Saint Honore cake shop in Johnston Road, Wan Chai, the court heard.

'I felt very nauseous and I ran to tell my colleagues. I then ran to the toilet and wanted to be sick,' he said.

Mr Chiu said he saw the cockroach after his first bite. 'If I had taken a bigger bite, I would have eaten the cockroach.' Saint Honore denied supplying food not of substance as demanded by the purchaser on February 6.

Mr Chiu was asked by magistrate Tong Man to confirm the tart and the insect preserved in a bottle were the ones he had complained about.

As Mr Chiu unwrapped layers of cling film, a stench wafted through the courtroom. 'I'm not 100 per cent sure. I would be sure if the cockroach was still stuck in the tart,' he said.

The trial continues on November 9.