A police inspector was allowed to give secret evidence in a jury trial yesterday without any explanation from the judge. Deputy Judge Peter Longley also took the rare step of asking journalists not to publish the name of the defendant. The case involves a 43-year-old man accused of giving false information to the police in exchange for $10,000. He is alleged to have planted drugs and a gun in a hotel toilet as part of a bid to frame his friends. The public and press were ordered out of the High Court when the second prosecution witness, referred to only as Inspector Ho, was called to give evidence. A sign saying 'no admittance' was placed on the door of the court. The judge ordered that the evidence could be given in private after hearing secret submissions from lawyers which lasted for more than an hour. When the court was re-opened, before the start of the trial, he requested that the press did not reveal the defendant's name. The judge did not state the legal basis on which he ordered that the witness could testify behind closed doors. Prosecutor William Lam outlined the case to the jury in public and the trial is expected to continue in open court after Inspector Ho has completed his evidence. Mr Lam said the defendant had attempted to pervert the course of justice by hiding 320 grams of heroin, a self-loading pistol and seven bullets in a false ceiling above a hotel toilet. He then told the police the location of the incriminating items, it is alleged. This led to six people being arrested in a police raid on a nearby room on August 12, 1994. One of those arrested had heard noises coming from the toilet the night before, the High Court heard. Mr Lam said he had gone to investigate and found the drugs and the gun hidden in the false ceiling. Feeling it would be 'too risky' to leave them there he had moved them to different floors. After receiving his payment for the information, the defendant went to China and was not arrested until his return in June last year, he added. Mr Lam said the defendant admitted to police that he had arranged for the drugs and the gun to be planted in the ceiling at the hotel in Mongkok. It was alleged the man's thumb print was found on newspaper used to wrap up the pistol. The trial will continue today with Inspector Ho's evidence.