INDEPENDENT politician David Yeung Fuk-kwong was yesterday cleared of offering an advantage after the case against him collapsed - and he blamed the affair for his defeat in last year's Legislative Council election. Mr Yeung, 42, of the Tsuen Wan District Board, was cleared of offering an advantage to fellow board member Lam Chiu-lun after magistrate Stephen Geiser ruled a crucial item of prosecution evidence was inadmissible. Mr Yeung had denied the charge. Mr Geiser declined to include a recording which allegedly featured Mr Yeung offering to help Mr Lam, 55, to avoid a possible criminal prosecution. Having sought further advice, prosecutor Yasmin Mahomed decided to offer no evidence. Outside court, Mr Yeung said: 'One of the losses I suffered was the defeat in the Legco election last September. My reputation had been damaged because of this case.' Mr Yeung lost in the Election Committee of the Legco poll. Eighteen candidates were to compete for 10 seats in the constituency. But he said it would not hamper his determination to serve the community. Tsuen Wan Court heard allegations that Mr Yeung, a solicitor, had called Mr Lam more than 10 times before the election of the district board chairman on October 17, 1994. Ms Mahomed alleged that in a call two hours before the poll, Mr Yeung tried to solicit Mr Lam's vote by saying he would convince a woman who had complained that Mr Lam had harassed her to drop the complaint. No charges were laid against Mr Lam at the end of a police investigation. But Mr Geiser ruled against the recording of the conversation, submitted by Mr Lam, after hearing conflicting testimonies from two forensic experts on its authenticity. Opposing admission of the tape, Kevin Egan, for Mr Yeung, had said there was a 'political smell' behind its production.