A woman tried to hand three bottles of brandy, six cartons of cigarettes and $10,000 to the judge at her divorce hearing because, she explained, this was 'common practice' on the mainland, Eastern Court heard yesterday. Kwok Lai-ying, 48, who came to the SAR two years ago, tried to reward Judge Stephen Geiser after he granted her a divorce from her husband and custody of their three children in November. The 48-year-old mother of three, who lives on $10,000 a month public assistance, was given a three-month suspended jail sentence yesterday. She had denied offering an advantage. Kwok entered the judge's office on December 2 and put down the gifts, leaving before she could be stopped. Judge Geiser reported the case to the acting chief judge, and Kwok was arrested by Independent Commission Against Corruption officers. Kwok told the court: 'What I did was common practice. The judge did a very good job. The court helped me a lot and I decided to sponsor them.' Kwok said she was delighted when Judge Geiser allowed her to divorce ex-husband Yuen Chung-pak and gave her custody of the children. Mr Lee said Kwok had broken the law, but had done so through ignorance and was well-intentioned. He told her he would not put her in prison because she needed to care for her children. He told Kwok: 'I have already been paid by the Government. You don't need to thank me. If everyone thanked the judge in the way you do, our legal system would be corrupted.'