Businessman bailed after 'breaking into TV host Shen Xing's home'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 September, 2013, 8:08am

A mainland businessman who was arrested for breaking into a Phoenix TV presenter's home intending to hurt her was released on bail yesterday after being remanded in custody for 12 days.

Li Jun, 42, who allegedly burgled Shen Xing's home last month, was freed on HK$1.2 million cash bail on his third request.

Li is the chairman of mainland-based car dealer Abest Group, and Shen, 38, is a host of Phoenix TV's fine-dining show Belle Gourmet.

The businessman, who came to Hong Kong on a two-way permit, was charged with burglary and possession of prohibited weapons on August 23, a day after he was arrested.

The prosecution alleged he broke into Shen's home at Jade Court, Peony Road, Sham Shui Po, on August 22, with intent to "inflict grievous bodily harm" on her. He was said to have been carrying a retractable baton.

He has not entered pleas.

Granting Li's third request for bail yesterday, Mr Justice Derek Pang Wai-cheong of the Court of First Instance ordered him to surrender his travel documents.

Li is barred from leaving Hong Kong and must report to police on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6pm and 9pm.

The judge also said Li must not directly or indirectly disturb the witnesses, and must live at his reported residential address, a room at the Four Seasons Hotel.

If he wants to change his address, he has to inform police 24 hours in advance.

Li, who was in a black windbreaker, white shirt and dress trousers, appeared worn out in the dock.

He left the court building in a black Toyota Alphard seven-seater.

Li will next appear in Kowloon City Court on October 18.