Prison officers who falsified urine samples lose appeal

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 April, 2013, 3:48pm
UPDATED : Friday, 26 April, 2013, 3:57pm

Two former prison officers who falsified urine samples taken from released drug offenders lost their appeal against their three-month prison sentence on Friday.

Madam Justice Verina Bokhary, sitting in the Court of First Instance, rejected Tang Kwai-man and Leung Siu-wing’s claims that it was common practice for Correctional Services Department staff to falsify urine records to make prisoners’ rehabilitation records look better.

Tang, 49, and Leung, 53, had each been convicted in Eastern Court earlier on one count of misconduct in public office.

The court heard that the pair had had falsified the supervision records of the inmates. Leung had also swapped the inmates’ urine records with his own.

On appeal, their lawyers argued they should not receive immediate custodial sentences.

But the judge disagreed. “I am of the view that the misconduct concerned was of considerable gravity… these sentences are not wrong in principle or otherwise properly open to be interfered with on appeal,” she added.