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Woman jailed for gay sex blackmail

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 September, 2011, 12:00am

A woman who conspired to blackmail a religious leader over gay sex encounters was jailed for five years yesterday.

Li Dora Kay, 59, was found guilty in the District Court of two counts of conspiracy to blackmail. She tried unsuccessfully to halt her trial on the grounds that wide media coverage would influence the judge.

Li plotted with Cheung Ka-wo, a Chinese University doctoral student, to extort more than HK$6.3 million from the victim, identified only as 'X', in April and May 2009.

Cheung secretly filmed the sex sessions he had with X, then he and Li threatened to release the videos unless X paid them.

Cheung, 28, has been jailed for four years for his role in the crime, which the judge called despicable and an attempted murder of the soul.

Defence lawyer Shahmim Khattak said X had only himself to blame. 'Had he been a decent man and watchful about his words and deeds, the crime would not have happened,' he said.

Handing down the sentence, Judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong called Li and Cheung's conduct shameful and despicable.

'[Li] and [Cheung] took advantage of the sexual orientation of X, who is an elderly man, and his weakness that he could not make open his relationship with [Cheung]. This act is shameful, despicable and unscrupulous,' Yau said.

He also condemned Li for 'sacrificing' Cheung's dignity - urging him to have more sexual contacts with X to ensure clearer video images.

The accused later threatened the victim's supervisor who is head of the religious group, identified only as 'Y', saying they would release the sex videos on the internet unless they were paid.

Khattak told the court there was no evidence X had suffered any financial loss since he did not testify. But Yau ruled that the psychological blow suffered by X and Y was more serious than any financial loss and could not easily be compensated.

Yau adopted four years' jail as the starting point for both charges, with one year to run consecutively. The maximum sentence for conspiracy to blackmail is 14 years' imprisonment.

The court barred the media from revealing the identities of X, Y and some witnesses because of the sensitive nature of their occupations.

Li also sought to halt the trial but Yau refused, saying there was no evidence of an abuse of court procedure serious enough to warrant it.

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