A miserable life behind bars has won a former role model for the handicapped who indecently assaulted five girls a year off his prison term. Colin Chan Kui-sheung, 42, is paralysed from the waist down. Each day in jail is hell for him, the Court of Appeal heard yesterday. Chan, once a winner of the Governor's Outstanding Young Person award for his tremendous courage in overcoming his disability, does not have access to proper medical supplies in prison. While other prisoners move freely in their cells, Chan has to struggle for hours, sometimes unsuccessfully, to get from the bed to the toilet. A trip to the shower was nearly impossible for him, Simon Westbrook, for Chan, said. 'This man is suffering more than an able-bodied person would, simply because of his disability,' he said. 'There is increased physical risk for him because the prison is not designed for wheelchairs. He has had several urinary tract infections and is repeatedly in the hospital. 'Even the bed he uses is now obsolete in all Hong Kong hospitals. He could suffer longer-term effects from the stress.' On December 5, Chan, a teacher, was jailed for 21/2 years for indecently assaulting five students. As a result of his conviction he lost his government pension, worth $746,000. Chan was paralysed in a scuba diving accident in 1972, but he was determined to continue his sports life and teaching, the court heard. 'This [crime] was totally out of character for him,' Chief Justice Sir Ti Liang Yang said. 'He must have suffered great emotional stress over the past two decades. 'But he was determined not to let it stop him, and he took an active part in swimming and archery. 'A number of schools praised him, and he has letters from his church.' The Chief Justice added that 'the sad reality' was that prisons in Hong Kong were not designed for the disabled. He said as an 'act of mercy' Chan's sentence would be reduced to 18 months. More than 100 inmates of Stanley Prison have fallen ill in the past three days in a suspected outbreak of food poisoning. Last night eight were listed in a stable condition. Doctors and health inspectors failed to find any leftovers for examination in the prison's kitchen and initial tests showed hygiene standards to be up to scratch.