A man suing his former school and headmaster for triggering his schizophrenia was told by his teacher the voices he heard were from God and asked if he were a prophet, a court heard yesterday. The 22-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was testifying in a hearing to assess whether headmaster Stephen Kan Ki-leung and the Methodist College, Sha Tin, were liable for his mental deterioration. He alleges his schizophrenia was set off when told to work outside the main office for almost two weeks as punishment for handing homework in late and being late for school. Yesterday, at the Court of First Instance the man said that on the fifth day of his punishment, on April 25, 1997, he had attended a student Christian fellowship in Kowloon Park, where he told his teacher, Ng Wai-li, of hearing voices and hallucinating. 'When I...asked her whether these voices were voices of God, she answered in the affirmative,' he said. 'And she even asked me if I was a prophet.' The court has heard the former student was genetically predisposed to develop schizophrenia. When his counsel, Ruy Barretto, SC, asked him if he thought there was anything wrong with him prior to his hearing voices during his punishment, the man answered 'no'. The trial before Deputy Judge Gerard Muttrie continues.