An abode seeker on trial for murder and arson testified yesterday he had poured paint thinner on himself at Immigration Tower but had no intention of harming himself or anyone else. Pang Hong-kwan said he had not taken fellow abode claimant Lam Siu-sing, 26, seriously when Lam had suggested they pour the fluid on themselves and pretend to threaten suicide to prevent immigration officers evicting them. After dousing himself, Pang whispered to Lam not to ignite his lighter, the court heard. But seconds later, Room 1301 of Immigration Tower began to fill with smoke and flames. Lam died in hospital nine days after the August 2 blaze last year, as did senior immigration officer Leung Kam-kwong, 42. Pang, 40, suffered severe burns to his head and body and testified yesterday wearing special pressure bandages. Pang told the Court of First Instance that Lam had given him a bottle of thinner at about 4pm and told him to pour it on himself if immigration officers tried to evict them. He said the pair agreed that Lam would pretend to flick a lighter. Pang doused himself in thinner. He said he saw Lam do the same when officers entered the room at about 6pm. Insisting he had no intention to cause anyone harm, Pang told the court that when he noticed a green lighter in Lam's right hand he began to fear he would ignite it. Pang told his counsel, Paul Dinan, that he whispered to Lam from behind: 'Please don't light the lighter.' However, as the officers approached him, Lam stepped back. At this point, Pang said, he saw a flame in Lam's right hand. 'At that juncture, I realised that, unfortunately, Lam did actually [intend to] try to set himself on fire to take his own life,' Pang said. Pang, Sze Kwan-lung, 24, Fu Mo, 39, Lam Hing-luen, 27, brothers Yeung Yee-ping, 29, and Yeung Yee-yim, 38, and Chau Hung-chuen, 30, have pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and one of arson. Pang is the first of the accused to take the witness stand. The trial before Mr Justice Thomas Gall continues.