A CON artist sacrificed his freedom to save his brother, the District Court heard. Ip Ka-man, 42, fled the territory after promising a Turkish electronics firm $9 million worth of television sets - and sending them boxes of cement instead. But the trickster rushed back to Hong Kong and turned himself in when his innocent younger brother was charged for his crime. 'His actions show that the age of chivalry is not dead,' defence lawyer Jonathan Midgley told the court. In December 1992, a representative of Turkish import company AS Elektronik arrived in Hong Kong in search of new suppliers. He entered into negotiations with dealer Lusade Leung, 28. Between April and October 1993, the Turkish company ordered about $9 million worth of television sets. But Leung and co-conspirator Ip saw to it that the crates didn't contain televisions, but cement. Money provided by AS Elektronik was used to prop up Ip's ailing businesses on the mainland. Mr Midgley said Ip was motivated by desperation. 'Clearly he never thought he could get away with supplying concrete on a permanent basis,' he said. But the plan went horribly awry when his mainland businesses collapsed. He panicked and fled, leaving his younger brother Yip Ka-shing to answer for his crimes. Yip had helped ship the boxes. When Ip learned that his brother had been arrested, he rushed back to Hong Kong and told police that his sibling had been unaware that the containers held concrete. All charges against Yip were subsequently dropped. Ip pleaded guilty to procuring the making of an entry in a record of a bank by deception and was yesterday sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. Before passing sentence, Judge Gould said he had slashed Ip's sentence in recognition of his 'honourable behaviour' and guilty plea. Leung, who denied the same charge, was jailed for one year and nine months.