Seven right-of-abode seekers were convicted yesterday of an arson attack on Immigration Tower that left two people dead. The alleged ring-leader, Sze Kwan-lung, 24, was found guilty of the murder of fellow abode seeker Lam Siu-sing, 26, and senior immigration officer Leung Kam-kwong, 42. Both men died of burns nine days after the blaze in Room 1301 of the building in Wan Chai on August 2, 2000. His six co-accused were cleared of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter. The seven men were also convicted of arson. They had pleaded not guilty to the offences - two of murder and one of arson. Mr Justice Thomas Gall adjourned sentencing until Monday afternoon. A jury of nine women reached their verdicts at 6.15pm after about 15 hours of deliberation spanning two days in the Court of First Instance. The 65-day trial reached its climax in a court packed with relatives and supporters of the accused. One of Sze's elder sisters burst into tears as the first guilty verdict - for the murder of Lam - was announced. Sze, sitting with his arms folded on his chest, showed no emotion. He is facing a mandatory life sentence on each of the murder convictions. 'Take care of my mother for me,' he shouted to the public gallery. His mother did not attend court yesterday. She had told the Sunday Morning Post earlier that she could not understand how her only son could be accused of intending to kill a stranger - Leung. It was unclear last night if Sze would appeal. The other six - Pang Hon-kwan, 40, Fu Mo, 39, Lam Hing-luen, 27, brothers Yeung Yee-ping, 30, Yeung Yee-yim, 39, and Chau Hung-chuen, 31 - looked relieved upon hearing the not-guilty verdict on the murder counts. But their relatives and friends broke down in tears, not knowing what sentence they would get for manslaughter and arson. Defence counsel indicated that they would put forward as a mitigating factor the fact that some of the accused had offered to plead guilty to manslaughter at the outset of the trial. Prosecutors rejected the offer and decided to press on with the murder charges. At one point the defence counsel had suggested that Lam's death could have been suicide. Footage of the blaze showed Lam pouring a bottle of what prosecutors said was paint thinner over his head as immigration officers moved in to evict a group of 23 abode seekers. They had all overstayed their visas and were staging a sit-in demanding to be issued with identity cards, but were told to file their demands in writing. Prosecutors alleged that the seven went to Room 1301 on the afternoon of August 2 to start a fire with the paint thinner. Immigration officers had testified that on several occasions Sze had uttered to them words to the effect that 'today next year will be the anniversary of your death', and 'you will all become roasted pigs'. Sze did not carry a bottle or a cigarette lighter, while his six co-accused were all seen at some stage to be holding bottles of suspected thinner. Fluid was splashed from some of the bottles, with an arc of liquid shooting through the air towards advancing immigration officers. A fire broke out at about 6pm. Leung and immigration officer Choi To were in the frontline facing the abode seekers and were the most seriously injured officers. Choi survived the attack.