A MAN who turned to crime after his family was wiped out in a landslide when he was young was jailed for 25 years at the High Court yesterday. Drug trafficker Law Yik-lun, 37, was 14 years old when he lost his mother and five brothers and sisters in the 1972 Sau Mau Ping landslip disaster. His barrister, Symon Wong Yu-wing, said Law and his father survived the tragedy, but shortly afterwards his father deserted him. Other members of the family would not support Law and he was even refused financial help by the Social Welfare Department because he could not prove his age, said Mr Wong. Left to fend for himself Law drifted into crime and was convicted of his first offence at the age of 15. His criminal activities were to eventually lead to his arrest on December 24, 1993, for manufacturing and trafficking 4.9 kilograms of heroin. He was yesterday found guilty by a jury of one charge of manufacturing the drug and two of trafficking. He denied the allegations. Mr Wong said: 'Before 1972 he was still able to enjoy family life provided by his mother, the love and care and the relationship with his brothers and sisters.' After the landslide Law was left 'totally helpless'. 'Everyone turned away from him. In that kind of desperate situation, eventually he got into trouble.' Law found himself before the courts on several occasions, but after getting married and having children of his own he made a determined effort to become a responsible citizen, the court heard. He began working as a food hawker, obtained jobs in the catering industry, and was finally in a position to run his own karaoke lounge in Causeway Bay. Law also leased an industrial building in Kwun Tong. It was in these premises police seized the heroin haul and equipment used to manufacture the drug. The court heard officers had kept watch on Law on the day he was arrested. They saw him go into the building where he remained for more than an hour. When he left he was stopped and searched and found to be carrying heroin. Mr Justice Seagroatt told him: 'It is clear you were afflicted by and affected by a family tragedy many years ago. I accept that tragedy must have been a very, very severe and permanent scar on you life. 'But I must not overlook that the offences of which you have been convicted are very serious indeed. The trade in heroin is a dirty and vicious one. It creates and continues pain and misery for many people.'