Police may have tortured a suspected killer into confessing to cold-blooded murder, a High Court jury concluded yesterday. The jury decided to reject 20-year-old Lam Ting-kam's police statement after he claimed it was the result of hours of torture. He said he was stripped naked and struck more then 40 times - even his underarms and genitals were beaten. Lam said he killed Wong Chi-fung, 22, accidentally during a fight. But he claimed he was made to confess that he cold-bloodedly murdered his old friend on the orders of a man named Lo Hon-hing. The jury found Lam not guilty of murder. Instead they found him guilty of an alternate count of manslaughter, agreeing that Lam had not intended to cut his victim's throat. Lam killed Wong on June 13 and hid the body on the roof of his Yuen Long building after draining it of blood. Eight days later, he was arrested after police found the maggot-infested corpse. The body had been cut in 18 places and his skull had been bashed with a hammer. The cause of death was a neck wound. Lam admitted slitting the corpse's wrists 'in a moment of panic'. He bound the body and stuffed it inside a plastic bag before dumping it. Lam and Wong became friends when they met in 1992. But the relationship soured on June 11, when Wong embraced Lam's girlfriend at a karaoke bar. The next day Lam discovered that Wong had been stashing illegal drugs in his flat. On the day of his death, Wong called on Lam unexpectedly. Lam said a heated row broke out when he overheard Wong on his mobile phone arranging for a mutual friend to be chopped. Lam said it developed into a fight when Wong suddenly hit him on the head with 'a hard object' before grabbing a paper cutter and chasing him into the bedroom. Lam claimed he then grabbed his own cutter and turned to face his attacker. He pushed the blade towards Wong, slashing open his throat. Mr Justice Michael Stuart-Moore adjourned sentencing until May 29.