Corruption defendant Ewan Launder donated a 'huge turkey' he received from businessman George Tan Soon-gin to needy children before flying the coop for Christmas, a jury heard. The Sandy Bay children's home in Pokfulam was the recipient of the 'sumptuous' gift from the former Wardley chief executive, delivered two days before Christmas 1982. A letter was presented to the jury by Launder's barrister, Alexander King, addressed to former Carrian boss Mr Tan and dated December 23, 1982. Secretary Miami Chow wrote on Launder's behalf: 'Before Mr Launder left for the United Kingdom yesterday evening, he had asked me to write to you on his behalf and thank you for the huge turkey which you sent him for Christmas. 'However, as he will not be spending Christmas in Hong Kong this year, he felt that it would seem more appropriate if the turkey was passed on to a well-deserving cause,' it continued. It was arranged for the large bird to be delivered to the children's home, 'where I'm sure you will agree, all the children will be overjoyed at the prospect of being given a sumptuous meal on Christmas Day'. Launder came back to Hong Kong after the break, but left permanently in August 1983, only returning for a brief visit that October. The 63-year-old is standing trial at the Court of First Instance, accused of accepting 'general sweeteners' of $43.95 million from Mr Tan and two others in return for favours. He has denied all 13 corruption charges.