Barrister had ketamine in bar, court told
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.