Police stripped a suspect naked, poured dirty water into his nose and forced him to drink urine, a judge heard yesterday. Chan Kwok-wai, 34, is suing the Secretary for Justice for $1 million. Barrister John Wright accused the police of subjecting his client to degrading treatment and systematic torture in an effort to force confessions. However, the alleged admissions of plotting to rob and possessing a gun without a licence did not secure convictions, he said. Mr Chan and a co-defendant stood trial in September 1995 and were acquitted of both charges by a jury the following month. 'We don't know the reason why the jury acquitted them but the judge did say the only evidence against them was their statements [to police],' Mr Wright said. Officers allegedly started the attack with a kick to Mr Chan's back as he walked into a room at the High Street police station in Western on the evening of January 1, 1995. He had been arrested at his home in Tsing Yi. Mr Chan, who had been handcuffed from behind, bumped forward and knocked himself on to a chair, causing his forehead to bleed, the court heard. Inspector Lai Kam-wah, who has since left the force, demanded to know the whereabouts of a gun, of which Mr Chan denied knowledge. What followed was various officers pressing the man, releasing his handcuffs and stripping him until he was naked, the court heard. He had then been made to sit in a chair with his wrists chained to its legs with two pairs of handcuffs. 'One of the policemen pulled me by the hair and I was pulled back. Another man pulled my legs apart and stepped on my private parts,' Mr Chan said. He had asked to see his solicitors and family to no avail. 'One of the officers poured some water down into my nose and another man hit me in the chest.' Mr Chan said he then saw some officers bringing in a bucket of dirty water, two rolls of towel and a mop. The water was poured into his nose while the towels were used to gag him, it is alleged. He had struggled and shouted for help but the assaults did not stop until 'all the water had been poured into my nose'. The officers then used the mop to clean the floor but let it drip over his head, Mr Chan said. He had still refused to confess and an officer allegedly slapped his ears from behind with two hands. '[Inspector Lai] said there was some urine and I was told to drink it. Inspector Lai forced it into my mouth . . . I just drank it. I just felt it was very dirty.' The hearing continues before Mr Justice Azizul Suffiad.