The son of a banker avoided jail for his fourth theft conviction yesterday when a magistrate offered him a chance to make a fresh start. George Lee Wing-chi, 49, son of Hang Seng Bank honorary chairman Sir Quo-wei Lee, stole a tie and a vase worth a total of $2,000 from the Sincere department store in Central in June. Lee admitted the offence, and yesterday at North Kowloon Court was put on probation for two years by Magistrate Hui Ka-hoon on condition that he received treatment at Hong Kong Central Hospital for six months. Mr Hui said imprisonment might seem to be more effective in stopping Lee from stealing but that he should be given a chance. 'Lee has not committed any crime for five years after his prison sentence in 1994, but with the help of his family, it looks optimistic he can start a new life,' said Mr Hui. Defence counsel Lawrence Lok said Lee suffered brain damage and lost his brother in a car accident in 1988. Lee was jailed in 1994 for stealing a bottle of champagne and had been on probation for two other thefts.