A constable found to have made false statements to the police about his relationship with triad members was yesterday refused the chance to win back his sergeant's stripes. Cheng Wai-kit, 43, a former Sha Tin station sergeant, lost his job after being filmed with two brothers-in-law, suspected members of the Wo Shing Wo triad, in March 1993. A decorated police officer with 23 years' service, Constable Cheng was ordered to retire from the force with full benefits in August 1996. But after a judicial review in April last year, he was reinstated as a police constable and an internal inquiry decision against him for associating with known triad members was overturned. Constable Cheng had insisted he had been keeping a promise to his dead wife to look after his brothers-in-law. Constable Cheng yesterday made an appeal in the Court of First Instance for another judicial review to give him the chance of full reinstatement. Mr Justice Raymond Sears refused to overturn the inquiry's decision over the making of false statements, saying it was obvious from a video tape that Constable Cheng had been associating with 'unsavoury characters'. Mr Justice Sears said Constable Cheng had 'deliberately misled investigators' and ordered him to pay costs for yesterday's hearing.