Officers deny being caught on tape

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 March, 2011, 12:00am

A lawyer for two police officers yesterday disputed that two people secretly taped in recordings being used as court evidence were his clients.

Officers Yeung Ka-ho, 33, and Chow Chi-pang, 35, had been charged at the District Court with perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office.

Prosecution witness Nick Lau, a lawyer who had cross-examined Yeung in another trial, said he recognised the officer's voice in the recordings. 'He had a very long testimony in the witness stand. I remember his voice,' Lau said.

However, defence counsel Peter Chow doubted Lau's ability to recognise the pair's voices. 'Before you heard the recordings, you read the transcripts,' he said. 'You made the guess based on the transcripts. You only guessed the identities of the two men in the recordings.'

On June 1, 2007, Yeung testified for the prosecution in the trial of Cheung Sai-kit and eight others charged with conspiracy to run a vice establishment at Temple Street Sauna in Yau Ma Tei.

On that day, Yeung and Chow allegedly had a discussion in a witness room at the court on how Yeung should give further evidence. They allegedly discussed how Yeung should keep a clear head about what was true and false in his testimony to avoid inconsistencies.

Previous court evidence showed that Cheung's wife, Ng Wai-ping, who is a former police constable, overheard other officers saying they wanted to convict her husband.

She subsequently asked a man to place a recording device under a chair in the witness room as she was suspicious that police witnesses were colluding in an attempt to frame Cheung and the eight other defendants. This led to a total of 47 recordings being heard during the 130-day trial, at the end of which all the defendants were acquitted.

The trial of Yeung and Chow continues today.