Another charged with blackmailing Transformers film crew in Hong Kong

Two men to face trial in second case linked to filming of latest Transformers movie

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 March, 2014, 4:04am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 March, 2014, 4:57am

A second man charged in a blackmail case involving the crew filming the Hollywood blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction appeared in court yesterday.

Unemployed Choi Kin-shun, 30, who is accused of working with Tse Chung-ping and others to blackmail Tong Hoi-ka, entered no plea in Kowloon City Court.

The case is the second in recent weeks involving attempts to get money out of the film crew of the Hollywood blockbuster during their two-week shoot in Hong Kong in October last year.

Magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen adjourned Choi's case to March 11 for the prosecution to prepare papers for the transfer of the case to the District Court.

Choi is charged with one count of conspiracy to blackmail and one of loitering with intent, an offence said to have taken place at the same time as Tong was allegedly checking the roof of a building in To Kwa Wan Road, Kowloon, on October 22 last year.

Tse, 35, who was arrested and charged later that month, appeared in the District Court yesterday. His case was adjourned to March 18.

The previous blackmail case came to court last month.

Air-conditioning technician Mak Chi-shing was found guilty of attempting to blackmail the crew to the tune of HK$100,000 at King's Road, Quarry Bay, when they first started to film in the city on October 17 last year.

Mak, 27, was convicted of one count of blackmail and one of assaulting a police officer at the District Court. He was jailed for 21/2 years.

His brother, 28-year-old Mak Chi-hang, was convicted of resisting a police officer and was sentenced to six weeks in jail. He was cleared of attempted blackmail.

The alleged blackmail attempts received global attention.

The film crew had an eventful time during their Hong Kong shoot.

Filming at government headquarters had to be scheduled to avoid a clash with a protest by supporters of snubbed television licence bidder Hong Kong Television Network.

The film is out this summer.