Alleged blackmailer 'wanted dignity back'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2007, 12:00am

The lover of a senior government official told the District Court yesterday that she sought help from a lawyer from a newspaper to 'claim her dignity and integrity back'.

Hui Wing insisted she was not a greedy woman and that money was not the reason she dated 'Mr X' - the official whose identity has been protected in court - who alleges she tried to blackmail him for HK$500,000.

Hui, 36, a karaoke hostess, said the HK$290,000 she received from the official was roughly his monthly pay.

'If I am greedy, how come I only asked for that amount - which only accounts for his monthly income,' said Hui, who said the official actually earned about HK$170,000 a month. 'All along, I did not target his money.'

She said she took the cash simply to make Mr X's wife believe in their 'showdown' - staged to deceive her into thinking the relationship was over and Hui was a villain.

Prosecutor Isaac Tam Sze-lok asked why she went to a lawyer at a newspaper if it was not to claim money from Mr X.

Hui said it was to make him contact her. She felt she was tricked by Mr X after she went back to the mainland following an abortion, taking with her the HK$290,000.

'I need to claim my dignity and integrity back in court. My passion was cheated in exchange for his steady life. My tears were shed in exchange for the harmony of his family.'

The court heard earlier that Mr X - who has been married for 24 years - met Hui in a karaoke club in Dundas Street, Mong Kok, last December.

Hui has pleaded not guilty to two counts of blackmail.

The court heard that Hui left voice messages on the official's mobile phone last February in which she asked Mr X not to trick her, otherwise, she would be his 'antagonist'.

Hui said this was just an act and part of their 'showdown'.

The case continues today.