Police tried to make a suspected kidnapper confess by embarrassing him about his love life, it was claimed in court yesterday. Fan Kam-tai, 41, found love on the run, moving in with a mainland mistress who bore him three children. He told a detective he had dared not return to Hong Kong, where he had a wife and four children, because he was afraid of the police and gang members. John McNamara, defending, accused the officer of exploiting Fan's love life while trying to make him confess to plotting the kidnap of missing tycoon Teddy Wang Teh-huei. But when the judge asked the officer to explain, Senior Inspector Lam Sai-kit said: 'I have to make it clear, I had no intention whatsoever of embarrassing him.' The policeman said he regarded the questions as relevant to the case because he wanted to explore whether Fan had contacted his family in Hong Kong after threats had been made against them. Fan, a fisherman, denies plotting to kidnap Chinachem boss Mr Wang, who was abducted in April 1990. The victim's fate remains a mystery. The accused, who claims he was forced to help the gang against his will, told Senior Inspector Lam he had met his mainland 'wife' in Zhuhai after the kidnap. Mr McNamara suggested the policeman, who interviewed Fan last year, had tried to make him change his story by shouting at him, interrupting him, calling him a liar and bringing up his love life. 'You thought that to have a realistic chance of having this man convicted you had to get him to confess,' the barrister alleged. 'Absolutely not,' said Senior Inspector Lam. Short of beating the suspect up, which could not be done because the interview was being recorded on video, the policeman had adopted the other 'unfair and improper' tactics, Mr McNamara claimed. The Court of First Instance trial continues before Mr Justice Frank Stock.