Pair asked for cash to take meat

TWO restaurant supervisors who asked for bribes from a meat supplier were given three-month prison sentences suspended for 18 months and fined $10,000 each at Eastern Court.

Law Kai-fun, 32, pleaded guilty to two counts of soliciting an advantage and Chan Kwok-fai, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of the same charge.

The court heard that Law was deputy supervisor and Chan was supervisor of the roast meat department of Sun Yick Restaurant.

The two defendants had the power to reject poultry they considered to be inferior.

In May last year, Law and Chan began to reject poultry, which they claimed was not up to standard, from Mr Pau Hon-sing who supplied Sun Yick on a daily basis.

Law solicited an advantage from Mr Pau in return for not rejecting supplies. On another occasion, Law and Chan asked Mr Pau to pay them $1,000 per month.

On that occasion, the defendants were observed by ICAC officers and their conversation was recorded.

Defence counsel Mr Freddy Woon said the practice was common within the trade, and the defendants had been ignorant of the serious consequences.

He said Law and Chan did not solicit the bribes out of greed, but intended to share the money with their subordinates for drinks and snacks.