A killer's confession was scrawled on a plastic sheet and left wrapped round his victim's head, a jury heard yesterday. Police found the note attached to the body when they returned to the scene of the crime with the suspect, prosecutor Andrew Bruce SC said. The note said Lau Tak-wah, 49, had killed the man, Choi Sing-yan, 47, because he had beaten him and accused him of stealing money. Part of it read: 'He would beat me with hands and kicks. Therefore, I had no way out and adopted this method.' The note was signed: 'Handwritten by Lau Tak-wah.' Lau has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds that he was provoked. He denies murder. Mr Bruce said the killing, last November, came to light when voluntary worker Tang Wai-keung received an 'extraordinary' telephone call from Lau, who admitted killing Choi. Three counsellors, including Mr Tang, met the killer at a restaurant later that day. He told them he had beaten his flatmate to death with a hammer, striking him many times. Mr Bruce said the counsellors tried to persuade him to surrender to the police, but he was reluctant. Lau told them he wanted to see someone first. All four went to a park and Lau told them to wait for him. He then disappeared for a few minutes. Defence barrister Niall Stirling suggested to Mr Tang that Lau might have taken drugs during the period he was absent. Mr Tang said this was his impression. A passing policeman was stopped by one of the voluntary workers and Lau admitted to officers that he had killed Choi. Mr Bruce said the police took Lau back to his one-room flat in Kowloon where they found the body, the note on the plastic sheet, a hammer and a bloodstained T-shirt. Mr Bruce told the jury the prosecution did not accept that Lau had been provoked to such an extent that he lost control. The Court of First Instance trial before Mr Justice Peter Nguyen continues today.