Missing tycoon Teddy Wang Teh-huei was tossed into the sea by his kidnappers because their boat was being chased by mainland border guards, a gang member claimed in court yesterday. Li Wai-kit, 41, said he was told of the victim's fate within days of the abduction while drinking tea with the mastermind behind the plot. The witness said 'the chief' told him fisherman Fan Kam-tai, nicknamed Ah Tai, was responsible for throwing Wang overboard. Fan denies conspiring to kidnap Mr Wang, 57. 'We had tea on that day and during the tea meeting the chief told me that by then, the captive had already been thrown overboard by Ah Tai,' Li told the Court of First Instance. Fan, 41, alleged to have been present at the meeting, was said to have told the gang boss this himself. 'Ah Tai had told the chief that one day Ah Tai's boat was being chased by Chinese border guards in Chinese waters. So he, Ah Tai, threw the captive into the sea,' Li said. The jury was warned by the judge to ignore what Li had said about the possible fate of Mr Wang. 'It is not proof that is what actually happened to the victim.' said Mr Justice Frank Stock. 'It is also dangerous for you to have planted in your mind the thought that the defendant got rid of the victim.' Fan was not charged with killing Mr Wang or disposing of his body, and these allegations did not form part of the prosecution case. It was hearsay evidence not allowed to be used in the case. 'You must put it out of your mind and chuck it into the waste bin,' said the judge. Li, serving 16 years' jail for his part in the kidnap, accuses Fan of being one of the conspirators and providing the fishing boat used to hold Mr Wang captive after he was snatched by armed men near his home on the Peak. But John McNamara, defending, suggested Fan's only contact with Li had been on one occasion after the kidnapping when the fisherman was threatened in Zhuhai and ordered to take food and water to a ship at sea. 'I suggest the accused said he could not do anything like that because two of the three engines on his boat were not working,' said Mr McNamara. He accused Li of telling Fan: 'You have to do it, even if you die for it.' Li had also threatened to lock the defendant's family in their flat and set it on fire, the barrister said. These allegations were rejected by Li. Mr McNamara said Li was giving evidence for the prosecution because he hoped to win an early release from prison. But the witness said he had been 'baptised behind bars' and had become a born-again Christian. 'Now I am of the view that I am duty-bound to do justice to the victim and to tell the truth,' he said. Mr Wang was kidnapped on April 10, 1990, and remains missing despite a ransom payment of $260 million. The trial continues today.