Jailed former legislator Gary Cheng Kai-nam has lodged an appeal against his convictions for corruption and deception. His solicitor Andrew Lam Ping-cheung said yesterday he expected the application to be heard in four months' time. The notice of appeal, filed on Friday, cites insufficient evidence to convict and the judge's errors in law as grounds, Mr Lam said. On December 20, District Court Judge Alan Wright convicted Cheng, 51, of misconduct in public office, accepting an advantage as a public servant, theft and false accounting, which he had denied. He was acquitted of one count of theft. The offences took place between November 1999 and April last year. Cheng, 51, was found to have spoken on behalf of the Sports Development Board in three Legco meetings between October 26 and December 6, 1999, without disclosing the fact he was paid by the board as a public relations consultant. He also arranged a meeting with Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Arthur Ng Sek-hon in which he sought to influence the selection of members of the new Sports Development Board, without admitting to Mr Ng his link to the board. In sentencing Cheng to 18 months in jail, Judge Wright said that his crimes had eroded the trust of the people in their leaders but that he was sparing him a heavier sentence because he had suffered a 'very substantial fall from grace'. He had been vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong. Cheng, who has begun his term at Stanley Prison, is sharing a dormitory with six other inmates - most of them foreigners convicted of commercial crimes, Mr Lam said. He had been held at Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre before being moved to Stanley on Thursday. Mr Lam added that Cheng was still wearing his trademark gold-rimmed glasses as he had not yet received a regulation plastic pair. Due to safety reasons inmates are banned from wearing any items made of metal. The prison authorities have also approved Cheng's application to increase the twice-monthly visits by relatives and friends to four. Cheng's girlfriend, Zhang Zhuan, 35, has visited him regularly and they have also exchanged letters, according to Mr Lam. Barrister Kevin Egan, who defended Cheng at trial, will continue to act for him, Mr Lam said, and their team was considering applying for bail pending the appeal.