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Barrister had ketamine in bar, court told

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 April, 2011, 12:00am

A barrister found himself in court as a defendant yesterday, accused of being in possession of ketamine in a bar.

Tong Wai-ming, also known as Tong Ming, 50, pleaded not guilty in Kowloon City Court to a charge of possessing a dangerous drug.

Tong, a lawyer for 13 years, was arrested on February 17 at the Go Go Bar in Yau Ma Tei, allegedly carrying 0.39 grams of powder wrapped in a paper packet.

Subsequent tests found that the powder contained 0.11g of ketamine, the court was told. A plastic straw which contained traces of ketamine was also allegedly found on Tong.

Tong told the court yesterday that he would hire an English-speaking lawyer to represent him.

Magistrate Peter Law Tak-cheun adjourned the case to June 10 for trial. The prosecution said it would call three witnesses.

Records showed that Tong began practising as a barrister in 1998. The Hong Kong Bar Association did not reply to an inquiry.

A summary conviction for possession of a dangerous drug carries a maximum fine of HK$100,000 and a three-year jail term.

Ketamine is a commercially produced general anaesthetic used mainly for sedating large animals. Abusers may experience an 'out of body' or 'near death' feeling.


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