Gary Cheng Kai-nam might have made errors in judgment when handling his dual roles as a lawmaker and public relations consultant but he committed no crime, his trial was told yesterday. In his final submission, Cheng's barrister, Kevin Egan, said his client's acts had been harshly interpreted. 'It is a fair criticism to say it is as if boy scouts were drafting the charge sheets and the prosecution opening,' Mr Egan told the District Court. 'Most legislative councillors wear two hats. My client, too, [was] both a legislator and a PR consultant. What the whole case is about is whether or not he made an error in judgment, which the prosecution says is a conflict of interest . . . but that does not render him a criminal.' Mr Egan said the prosecution had not established any 'deliberate abuse of office'. 'It would be stretching the law to say what he did amounted to misconduct in public office,' he said. Cheng, 51, denies misconduct in public office, accepting advantage as a public servant, false accounting and two theft charges. He is accused of exploiting his position as a legislator to further his PR business. The prosecution alleges Cheng spoke on behalf of the Sports Development Board in Legco meetings between October 26 and December 6, 1999, without disclosing a paid consultancy role with the board. The former legislator is also accused of failing to explain his link to the board in dealings with a Home Affairs Bureau official over the board's composition. The theft charges relate to two cheques paid to Cheng by PA Professional Consultants Ltd - the public relations firm that contracted Cheng for a consultation job related to the board. Prosecutor Daniel Marash, SC, said all five charges had been proven beyond reasonable doubt. 'The defendant mixed his roles right from the start and nobody can tell in which capacity he was working . . . secrecy is a significant part of this case,' Mr Marash said. The three main prosecution witnesses - Adrian Cheung Wing-cheung, PA's former managing director, Grace Lee Chung-may, the board's director of corporate affairs, and its ex-public affairs manager, Doris Mao - were 'sensibly reliable', Mr Marash said. But Mr Egan said the three were not truthful and were protecting their careers and reputations, highlighting that Mr Cheung and Ms Lee were testifying under immunity from prosecution. 'Everyone now is trying to distance themselves from Gary Cheng.' Closing submissions continue today before Judge Alan Wright.