AN 84-year-old shuffled away after a fight with a friend, unaware the 67-year-old man lay dead on the pavement. Wong Ki-shing, who turns 85 next month, pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Leung Kam-yau. The High Court heard how the three-year friendship ended tragically on April 11 when Wong asked for $210 he had lent Leung over the Lunar New Year. Wong lives on $2,400 a month, half going in rent. 'Leung had asked for the money so he could travel to China to celebrate the Lunar New Year,' Wong said. 'He came back from China and I said: 'Do you have the money to repay me. I need that money for food.' 'He refused. He even told me if I pursued him I would be beaten. I caught hold of his clothes and said unless he paid I would not let go.' The jury heard how Wong was punched in the face as he held on to Leung's shirt and neck. Bystanders separated the pair and Leung took two or three steps, then collapsed. The cause of death was strangulation. Wong claimed, unaware, he went off to nurse his injuries in bed for three days after losing three teeth. The trial continues today before Mr Justice Gall.