Corrupt former government lawyer Warwick Reid was jailed for 21/2 years in New Zealand yesterday and now faces financial ruin and the breakup of his family. A dishevelled Reid, 48, stood impassively in the dock at Rotorua High Court as Mr Justice Paterson described him as a 'broken man under extreme but self-inflicted stress'. New Zealand law officers will now seize Reid's home, business and bank accounts to recoup the NZ$1 million (HK$5.37 million) bribe he took for signing a false affidavit on behalf of convicted Malaysian businessman Ch'ng Poh. Reid, who pleaded guilty last month to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice, will serve his sentence at either Waikeria Prison or Ohura Prison, both described as 'soft' jails by police. With parole, he could be free in 15 months. Principal Independent Commission Against Corruption investigator Gerry Osborn said extradition proceedings against Reid would now be terminated. 'Justice has been seen to be done,' he said. 'The extradition will not proceed now. The public of New Zealand and Hong Kong have been saved the expense of a possibly expensive extradition.' Dressed in the same purple tracksuit he was wearing when he was arrested in May this year, Reid gave a slight smile at the end of yesterday's four-hour hearing before being led away. Five of his friends were in court but his estranged wife Judith was absent. Mr Justice Paterson said he had used a four-year sentence as a starting point and had taken into account Reid's guilty plea, his time in custody so far and his 'considerable' personal suffering. Defence barrister Greg Hollister-Jones said his client was facing bankruptcy and his life and marriage were in ruins. He also claimed that no prior arrangement had been made for Reid to be paid and the NZ$1 million was a 'gift after the event'. But Crown prosecutor John McDonald said Reid's crime 'struck at the very heart of the judicial system' and accused the defence of trying to water down his offences. 'His guilty plea was self-serving in that if he hadn't done so he would have been extradited to Hong Kong,' Mr McDonald said. Mr Justice Paterson said he found it difficult to accept that Reid's affidavit was not given in return for the payment of NZ$1 million. 'This is a case of premeditated serious offending under which a reward was to be paid,' he said. 'An aggravating feature is that Mr Reid was a member of the legal profession and held high positions in Hong Kong; he was in a position to know better'.