A DINER'S bad table manners cost him his life after a fellow customer objected to his spitting and attacked him outside a restaurant, the High Court heard yesterday. Chang Wing-chi, 59, died in hospital after he and Lam Pak-cheung, 56, allegedly fought outside the restaurant where they had just eaten lunch. However, prosecutor Andrew Allman-Brown said doctors did not operate on Chang for more than 24 hours and had failed to spot on X-rays that he had suffered internal injuries. The jury heard how Lam, a caretaker, who denies manslaughter, was enjoying a bowl of noodles and a glass of rice wine on July 1 last year when he noticed the man at the next table spitting. Yu Shu-kei, 36, owner of the Tim Kei Restaurant in Western, told the court he saw Chang spit and heard Lam ask him to stop. 'There was a quarrel. It was something about spitting. Spit got on to someone. I heard one accuse the other of spitting, Mr Yu said. 'I saw the other man spit. He had been to the restaurant twice and on both occasions he had spat like that. On the previous occasion I had already told him not to spit and not to disturb other people.' Mr Yu said Chang, a mason, was 'very arrogant' and became increasingly raucous as he gulped down Chinese wine. Lam asked him to stop yelling and disturbing people, but the row erupted into a fight outside the restaurant, the jury heard. 'They had a quarrel. Then they started to fight, Mr Yu said. 'It was very quick - only one or two blows.' Mr Allman-Brown said Chang was taken to Queen Mary Hospital, where he complained he had been hit in the face and groin. But when doctors examined X-rays they could not see anything wrong, the court heard. It was only when a second team of doctors examined the X-rays the next afternoon that they realised Chang needed urgent surgery to a ruptured gut. He was kept in intensive care, but septicaemia set in and he died 14 days later. Mr Allman-Brown said: 'It is the Crown's case that death was caused as a result of the blows received from the accused during the fight.' The case before Deputy Judge Yeung continues.