A man who had indicated he would admit carrying out a robbery changed his plea yesterday, blaming his Legal Aid lawyer for the mix-up. During committal proceedings in August before Magistrate Colin Mackintosh, the 31-year-old defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, indicated he would plead guilty. But yesterday in the Court of First Instance, barrister Jeremy Cheung Man-fai told Deputy Judge Wesley Wong Wing-fai his client would deny the charge, saying he had been 'compelled' to admit to it earlier. The court heard that the plea had not been fully explained to the accused and that he had been urged by his counsel from the Legal Aid Department to admit it. However, the judge doubted whether the accusation was justified. 'Don't put the blame on someone who's doing his job. What's wrong with the counsel of the Legal Aid Department?' Deputy Judge Wong asked. The judge told the barrister that the facts of the case had to be examined to determine whether there was any justification for the change in plea, and not just to act on the advice of his client. The judge initially said there was no ground for the defendant's plea to be reversed. But after a summary of facts was read by prosecutor Robert Lee Kan-yung, the defendant told the judge he did not agree with them and insisted he would plead not guilty. The judge accepted the plea and adjourned the case to be rescheduled for trial. Another defendant, Sze Ching-yuk, 44, pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery and was jailed for four years before the same judge. He admitted robbing a North Point clinic with a 30cm knife on October 20 last year.