THE last member of the gang, that conspired to kidnap the son of well-known horse trainer Lawrie Fownes to secure racing tips, was jailed for eight years by the High Court yesterday. Ngan Chiu-man, 30, had been on the run since the offence in January 1989 and only surrendered to police this February. He pleaded guilty to three offences. In sentencing him, Mr Justice Saied said the sentences meted out to the other gang members were on the lenient side. They were sentenced to between three and seven years by Mr Justice de Basto in December 1989 after being found guilty by a jury. Mr Justice Saied said the sentences of the three, in no way, bound him in this case, noting it was a well-planned conspiracy and a daring kidnapping. Ngan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit forcible detention with intent to procure a ransom, attempt to commit a kidnapping, and wounding with intent, together with others. In mitigation, counsel William Allen said that Ngan was not the mastermind and accepted the shame he had brought on his family by his greed and stupidity. Senior Crown Counsel Laura Miller told the court that, in August 1988, two men - Wong Chun-au (the prime mover in the case, given a seven-year jail term) and Wong Man-wai (who withdrew later) - entered into a conspiracy to commit a kidnapping to secure racing tips. The original target of the conspiracy was another trainer's son, Cheung Kwong-fat. But his abduction was ruled out because he was observed to be always in the company of others. The men then turned their attention to Casper Fownes, who was 21 at that time. Three more conspirators - Cheung Wai-wah, who received five years; Mak Shiu-wa, who was given three years, and the defendant - were recruited. The defendant was instructed in December 1988 to rent premises in Yuen Long for the detention of Mr Fownes. On January 20, 1989, Mr Fownes had lunch with a friend at the Riverside Plaza Hotel in Sha Tin. He left at about 2.10 pm, driving a friend's car. Shortly afterwards, he became aware that a grey car was following him. After he turned into a slip road that lead to the Jockey Club, the other vehicle moved close and hit the rear of his car. Both cars pulled over and stopped. Mr Fownes got out of his car to inspect the damage, while Cheung, Wong and the defendant alighted from the other vehicle. There was a brief exchange of words during which Cheung apologised profusely. Mr Fownes was about to return to his car when Cheung suddenly pulled out a knife from under his jacket. Mr Fownes immediately punched Wong, who was closest to him, before trying to escape up a slope. Cheung and the defendant ran after him. Ngan managed to catch up and hold down Mr Fownes, while Cheung stabbed him, Miss Miller said. Mr Fownes then elbowed Ngan out of the way and tried to run off, but Cheung grabbed hold of his shirt and stabbed him again. The victim finally managed to break free after a struggle, losing his shirt in the process. Miss Miller said Mr Fownes threw himself in front of a passing car, forcing it to stop. On seeing this, his attackers got back into their car and sped away. Mr Fownes was taken to hospital, where he was treated for a deep wound to his left thigh, smaller wounds to his buttocks, left knee and wrist. He was discharged three days later, but was left with nerve damage in his thigh. Cheung, Wong and Mak were arrested the same month, while Ngan went into hiding. During the earlier trial in December 1989, the court heard that the plan called for the victim to be released only after they had won $30 million. The hostage would be killed if the betting tips were not accurate.