A FAN of the television series LA Law tried to blackmail drinks company Swire Bottlers for $30 million after watching one too many episodes of the show, the District Court heard yesterday. Estate agent Chiang Ling-fai, 33, thought he had struck gold after finding 'black particles' in bottles of Schweppes Cream Soda. He phoned Swire Bottlers and told them he would publicise the fact throughout the region unless they gave him $30 million. Chiang said they could lose more than $30 million from the bad publicity and suggested they negotiate payment through their solicitors. But defence lawyer Patrick Chu told the court Chiang lived in a fantasy world and genuinely believed he was doing the company a good turn. He said the defendant was a keen fan of the US legal series LA Law. Mr Chu said: 'This is the most foolish blackmail case I have ever come across. Being a man who lived in a fantasy world and watched a lot of LA Law , the defendant saw this as a golden opportunity to get money from this giant company. 'It was a combination of greed, foolishness, stupidity and naivety.' Mr Chu said Chiang, who admitted one charge of blackmail, only intended to keep $600,000 to $700,000 to pay off his debts. The rest would go to charity and promoting Swire Bottlers. In particular he wanted to give the money to the Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long to start a home for the elderly. Deputy Judge Geiser adjourned sentencing until February 7 for background reports.