A senior police inspector who was accused of threatening to send a sex video to his ex-lover's husband was yesterday cleared because the judge said the mobile phone message could be bogus.
Paul Turner, 46, had pleaded not guilty to criminal intimidation in Eastern Court.
He was accused of sending his ex-lover, identified only as X, a mobile phone message on the WhatsApp messaging application, demanding sex or he would send her husband a video of Turner and X having sex.
But Deputy Magistrate Colin Wong Sze-cheung yesterday said he could not see why X would delete the actual threatening message, yet keep a screen capture of the alleged message from Turner on her phone.
X previously told the court that she had deleted all her messages with Turner so that no one would find out about their affair.
"If X considered that was important, why would she delete it," Wong asked.
If the woman was so concerned about her affair being revealed, then "why would she keep that picture in her phone", the deputy magistrate said before handing down his verdict.
The court previously heard that Turner and X had dated in early 2000 before breaking up in 2004. They resumed exchanging emails and messages years later and met for casual sex on three occasions between 2013 and 2014, the court heard.
The woman alleged that through WhatsApp, Turner once asked her to "do as she was told" in bed, and that she needed to have intercourse with him more frequently.
The court heard that the two decided to end their relationship again until another flurry of messages early this year, during which she claimed Turner sent her the threatening message on February 13.
Defence lawyer David Boyton previously argued that the messages could have been made up as the woman wanted to take revenge on Turner for treating her like a sex toy and for not divorcing his wife to marry her.
A prosecution expert previously testified that he could find part of the text-message conversation on X's phone, but could not find the actual threat.
The court earlier also heard that the woman had been told by Turner that she should stop exchanging sex for material goods.
Yesterday, the deputy magistrate questioned the authenticity of the alleged messages, and whether the woman had correctly interpreted what Turner meant without exaggerating.