The kidnappers of missing tycoon Teddy Wang Teh-huei threatened to throw a fisherman into the sea when he remonstrated with them for bringing the prisoner on to his boat, a jury heard yesterday. Fan Kam-tai, 41, said he 'scolded' a gang member when he saw the captive being brought aboard his trawler in heavy seas in the dead of night. 'I was very frightened. I did not know what they were doing,' he later told a detective. Fan said he asked the kidnapper: 'Now what have you stirred up? 'He told me to shut my mouth and not to say so much. He said if I said that much I would be thrown into the sea. So I decided not to say anything. I was by myself. No one would have known if he threw me into the sea.' Fan has pleaded not guilty to plotting to kidnap Mr Wang, who was abducted near his home on the Peak in April 1990. The tycoon's fate is unknown. After being arrested last year, Fan told police he had been forced to take food to the kidnappers at sea on another boat but was not in on the plot. He described how one of the gang directed him to steer his boat close to Dang An Shan, near Cheung Chau. Mr Wang was later brought to his trawler from another vessel and held captive while Fan stayed in the wheelhouse. After two days, the prisoner was taken away on a speedboat in the direction of an island called Wenzhou. The kidnappers then ordered Fan to sail to Zhuhai where they fled his boat, he said. 'They did not even say goodbye,' Fan told the police. He was later told the plan had gone wrong and was stabbed and beaten when he refused to help three men flee to the Philippines, Fan said. The fisherman said he stayed away from Hong Kong for five years, not even contacting his family, because the men had threatened to harm his wife and children if he returned. He had sold his boat and then suffered the 'torture' of having to remain in Zhuhai, unable to continue the roaming life of a fisherman. The court heard Fan had a family in Zhuhai as well as in Hong Kong. Finally, when he thought enough time had elapsed, he had returned. The Court of First Instance trial continues today before Mr Justice Frank Stock.