A security guard who stole $1 million turned himself in after allegedly spending the money in a three-year spree of gambling and prostitutes on the mainland. Deputy Judge Hugh Sinclair jailed Chu Wai-keung for three years and four months after Chu pleaded guilty to theft. The judge told Chu, 36, that he had breached the trust placed in him by his employer, Guardforce Ltd. Prosecutor Vivien Chan Man-wai said that on October 19, 1995, the defendant and his colleagues had collected $1 million in cash from Nanyang Commercial Bank in Happy Valley. Chu hid the security box under his seat instead of putting it into the safe. Later the same day, he told his colleagues to go to lunch while he waited in the vehicle. The District Court heard he then stole the money and fled to the mainland by train after discarding his uniform and staff card outside a railway station. On March 31, Chu surrendered to Shenzhen authorities. He was handed to Hong Kong police almost a month later. Dave Lam San-yin, for the defence, said the father of one committed the offence to repay debts of about $200,000 and to start a new life on the mainland. Outside court, police said Chu had spent the money on food, nightclubs, gambling and prostitutes during his 3.5 years on the run.