A birthday bouquet would not sway his ruling, a judge yesterday told a court packed with former Rennie's Mill villagers who had presented him with the gift. Mr Justice Raymond Sears was given the large bunch of flowers, a picture of Rennie's Mill and birthday cards by the group of anxious former residents. A well-wisher handed the gifts to the 65-year-old judge outside Tseung Kwan O police station as he prepared for a visit to the housing estates where most of the former villagers now live. Mr Justice Sears is hearing a review of a compensation package presented to the villagers by the Housing Authority after they were removed from Rennie's Mill to make way for a development. 'I want to thank you very much for giving me a bouquet of flowers. It was very kind, but you must appreciate it won't influence my decision,' Mr Justice Sears said. The judge visited eight flats at Ming Tak Estate and Mau Wu Tsai village, all picked by the Housing Authority. But a former resident of Rennie's Mill persuaded the judge and his entourage of police and lawyers to visit an 'unofficial' flat. The hearing resumed in the afternoon, but the atmosphere grew angry on the fourth floor of the High Court as a rival group of Rennie's Mill villagers stood outside the court to heckle police and their former neighbours. The once close village has been split into two factions. Yesterday's hearing is for a group of 88 residents who are seeking an enhanced version of the Housing Authority's payout. As villagers from this contingent walked into court yesterday, they were jeered by the rival 500-strong group who believe the settlement should be based on the land value of the lucrative Rennie's Mill site. Mr Justice Sears has told the larger group that they will have a chance to be heard in court on Friday.