The director of a local trading company was jailed for eight months yesterday for offering more than $425,000 in bribes to an Australian buyer in return for business orders. Chu Kai-yuen, 34, director of Hildas International, had earlier pleaded guilty to eight charges of offering advantages to Kristen Elaine Baunach, 46, a former merchandiser for the Australian retail group Venator. Chu offered $425,898 to Baunach between October 1997 and December 1998 in return for garment orders from Venator, Eastern Court heard. Baunach, now employed by Toys 'R' Us in Australia, faces eight charges of accepting advantages of the same amount from Chu. She did not enter a plea. Magistrate Ian Candy was told Chu and Baunach had known each other since 1993 when they both worked for an Australian company. At the earlier hearing on August 9, prosecutor Prakash Daryanani told the court that in July 1997 Baunach - then a merchandiser for Venator - approached Chu and offered to buy garments from his company provided that five per cent of the value of the orders be paid as commission. From October of that year to December 1998, Chu was said to have paid $425,898 in bribes and received business orders worth $16 million from Venator, the court heard. Baunach, an Australian national who lives in Sydney, was released on $1 million bail and $400,000 surety. She is to appear at the District Court on September 19.