A drug-dealing father's hopes for a family reunion after seven years behind bars were shattered yesterday when his son was jailed for a similar offence. In an emotional letter, convicted dealer Fung Man-kee begged the Court of First Instance for leniency for his son, Fung Chi-yuen, 22, who admitted trafficking in 223 grams of heroin on November 23 last year. The father is due for release this year after serving seven years of a 14-year sentence for heroin trafficking, the son's defence counsel, Raymond Yu, said outside court. 'I was very shocked when I suddenly came to know my son committed this offence,' the father wrote from Stanley Prison. 'Now I can only tell the judge the unfortunate life and background my son has led and I sincerely hope the judge can [take] pity on him.' He said his son had been born with a cleft upper lip. 'Before he reached one month old his mother left home and never returned because of her 'ugly' son,' he wrote. The defendant's aunt, who helped raise him, also wrote to say Fung was a lonely boy who was teased by neighbours and lured into crime by an 'artificial friendship'. But Deputy Judge Louis Tong Po-sun sentenced him to 7.5 years' jail after cutting a 12-year starting sentence for the man's guilty plea and for his 'slight abnormality' and speech impediment. 'There are clear guidelines for sentencing drug traffickers,' he said. 'I don't accept I can reduce the sentence because of his miserable background.' Prosecutor Jonathan Man Tak-ho said Fung was caught with $134,000 worth of heroin at Fortress Hill MTR station on November 23 last year.