FORMER doctor David Chow Siu-shek was yesterday acquitted of breaking a press photographer's camera on his way out of Kwun Tong Court on April 10, where he had appeared for failing to register 18 dangerous drugs. Last month Chow, 47, was fined $57,000 by a magistrate after pleading guilty to 19 counts of failing to keep a proper register of dangerous drugs at his Kwun Tong clinic and another clinic which he ran with another doctor, Leong Chai-man, in Yau Tong. Leong, 70, who faced 12 similar charges, has absconded. Chow was charged with intentionally and recklessly breaking photographer Chun Ping-on's flash near the rear door of the court lobby on April 10 as he left the court. Yesterday, in the same court, Chow denied a charge of criminal damage. The court heard Chun, 27, was trying to take pictures of Chow outside the court's main entrance after the former doctor's first appearance on the register charges. Chun testified Chow shouted at him and turned to the rear door. He claimed that when he walked past the former doctor to take his picture, Chow swung his briefcase at him. Chun's flash, worth $2,500, was knocked to the floor and broken. Chow said he was only trying to cover his face with the briefcase to avoid being photographed and did not know the flash had fallen. Chow told the court Chun had grasped him by the neck, although prosecutor Ng Kin-keung suggested that was impossible because Chow's briefcase would be in the way. No witnesses were called for either side. Magistrate Loh Lai-kuen acquitted Chow, saying there were doubts, but refused his application for costs.