A policeman fled to Taiwan 17 years ago after a drunken attack on a woman in which he demanded money to pay for a prostitute for a fellow officer, a court heard yesterday. Former police constable Chung Hang-ping, 45, fled after the alleged robbery in 1983. He was dismissed from the police force after jumping bail in November that year. Chung was re-arrested at Chek Lap Kok airport in May after flying back to Hong Kong, prosecutor Paul Cheng told the District Court. Chung denied one count of robbery and two of common assault before Deputy Judge Stephen Geiser. The court heard Chung had committed the offence with another police constable, who was not named. Restaurant cashier Mak Yau-yee, 40, said she left work in the early hours of October 26, 1983, and was walking through a park on the way to her home in Tung Tau Estate, Wong Tai Sin, when she was grabbed and punched in the stomach by Chung, whom she described as 'a short and fat guy'. 'I managed to ward him off with my handbag and a taller man beside him told him not to hit me anymore. I heard him say to the short guy, 'You've taken so much liquor, don't behave like that',' she said. Ms Mak told the court the taller man showed her his police warrant card and ordered her to hand over her identity card and handbag. He returned the bag after searching it. 'But the short guy then said to me: 'Ah, sir [the other policeman] wants to visit a prostitute. Do you have any money?' I told him I had $300 and he asked me whether I could give him $200. I said all right,' Ms Mak told the court. Peter Lavac, defending Chung, said there were discrepancies between the evidence Ms Mak had given in court and the statement she made to the police in 1983. 'I suggest to you that because that night was chaotic and confusing it's possible that you could have made mistakes as to which person did what . . . I further put it to you, either you made this up or you have mistaken what these two men had done,' Mr Lavac said. Ms Mak said: 'This incident took place 17 years ago. I wanted very much to forget this. I came to court today only because you people said the defendant was re-arrested. How on earth can it seem now that I am the one who has done something wrong?' Chung was also accused of hitting Chan Ping-sun, a male passer-by, on the same night. The hearing continues today.