Two 'model citizens' were jailed after a misguided attempt to help the family of a debt-ridden friend who was murdered when trying to earn money to settle a loan. Taxi driver Ng King-shing, 32, received 10 months and factory worker Chen Cheng-hung, 26, was sentenced to five. The pair used abusive language to staff at a finance company, threatening and bullying them, while trying to reduce $50,000 in legal costs, prosecutor A. R. Suffiad said in the District Court. They admitted one charge of criminal intimidation. Ng also pleaded guilty to claiming to be a member of the Sun Yee On triad society. Judge Bernard Whaley said the intimidating visits were crude, unlawful and unacceptable. In mitigation defence barrister Clive Grossman QC said the case had a 'tragic and bizarre' background. He said the defendants' friend, Tam Ngan-hang - who worked as a nightclub hostess to repay her father's $120,000 bill - was abducted, raped and murdered last year after leaving a Tsim Sha Tsui club with a customer. Later a court ordered Tam's father to pay the debts to Oris (Asia) Finance Company, plus legal costs of $50,000. When the Tam family failed to persuade the company to cut the legal costs on December 3, they asked Ng and Chen for help. Judge Whaley accepted the men felt remorse for what they had done and gave credit for their good character and contributions to society.