A GAMBLING-DEBT collector from Macau was jailed for nine months yesterday for barging into a debtor's house and stealing family photographs and a child's schoolbook. Vong Kuai-peng, 36, was cleared of charges of criminal intimidation after Judge Lugar-Mawson ruled he had no case to answer. But the judge said he could not disregard the circumstances in which the theft occurred. Judge Lugar-Mawson said the photographs and schoolbook were of minimal value but Vong stole them in a loutish manner. He said Vong and his companion stormed into the debtor's home, causing a great disturbance, and deliberately woke up his 13-year-old son, distressing his wife. The judge said there were lawful means to reclaim debt but if the collector behaved in a criminal fashion he could expect punishment. Prosecutor Warwick Haldane told the court Vong escorted Hong Kong gambler Wong Mon-shek, 32, back to the territory on August 18, 1994, after Mr Wong had lost $50,000 gambling in a Macau casino. The money was a loan from Vong's boss 'Fatty Boy' Hung. They went to Wong's Shekkipmei flat where he hoped his wife Yu Noi-wah could repay the loan but she could not and Vong eventually left the flat. On September 27 Vong and companion Lee Kwok-wa returned and demanded the money from Ms Yu. When she refused Vong took the property. Vong and Lee, 23, had pleaded not guilty to one count each of theft and criminal intimidation. Lee was acquitted of both charges and Vong of criminal intimidation after the judge said Ms Yu had no evidence to back her claims. In mitigation, David Tolliday-Wright said Vong had a clear record.