An elderly couple lost their life savings when their son jumped bail on drug charges. Hui Kim-ping, 39, appeared before a Tsuen Wan magistrate on October 4 last year charged with trafficking in more than 400 grammes of heroin and was released on $50,000 bail after his father came to the rescue. Hui Yau-yat, 70, is unemployed, and lives with his wife in a Tsuen Wan housing estate. Hui Kim-ping's mother earns $4,800 a month washing dishes at a local restaurant. The elderly couple also receive $3,000 a month from each of their two younger children. Hui Yau-yat told the High Court he last saw the suspected trafficker on July 13. 'He called me at home and said that he wanted to see his daughter to do something with a China re-entry permit,' he said. 'Later the police called asking for him, but I couldn't find him.' The old man said the $50,000 surety constituted almost all of their savings. Mr Justice Brian Keith said he sympathised with Mr Hui, but could not justify ordering the money returned. 'If it wasn't the general rule there wouldn't be any sanction for people who act as a surety to ensure defendants stand trial,' he said.