A review is being sought by the Department of Justice of the sentences handed down last week to pop star Nicholas Tse Ting-fung and the constable who was his co-conspirator on the grounds they were 'manifestly inadequate' and 'wrong in principle'. The application for review follows a barrage of criticism from lawyers, educationalists, social workers and legislators after Tse was sentenced to 240 hours' community service last Wednesday, while the policeman was jailed for six months. Both Tse, 22, and policeman Lau Chi-wai, 28, were convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice for attempting to switch the driver after Tse crashed his Ferrari in March. Tse's driver, Shing Kwok-ting, 34, was earlier jailed for four months after pleading guilty to the same charge. A spokesman for the Department of Justice said the decision to seek a review was reached after all relevant circumstances and legal principles were studied, and was not in response to views voiced by the community. 'The grounds for review are that the sentence is manifestly inadequate and wrong in principle for both accused,' he said. The review will be carried out by the sentencing magistrate, Allan Wyeth of Western Court, on a date to be set. If Mr Wyeth should choose not to change his initial judgment, the secretary for justice may apply for an appeal by a higher court. Lawyers Kevin Egan and Kevin Steel yesterday said they were not surprised by the decision to appeal. Frontier legislator Cyd Ho Sau-lan welcomed the department's decision, saying the sentence for Tse was too light. Cheung Man-kwong, the Democratic Party legislator representing the education constituency, said the department's decision could partly restore public confidence in the fairness of the legal system in Hong Kong. Ho Hon-kuen, vice-chairman of Education Convergence, an education concern group, said it was reasonable for the department to lodge an appeal.