Canto-pop star Nicholas Tse Ting-fung faces a hearing on Friday week on whether his controversial sentence of 240 hours' community service for conspiring to pervert the course of justice should be increased. That is the day set for hearing an application by the Secretary of Justice, Elsie Leung Oi-sie, for a review of Tse's sentence on the grounds it is 'manifestly inadequate' and 'wrong in principle', according to the pop star's barrister James Chandler. He said the hearing would be held in Western Court before the sentencing magistrate Allan Wyeth. The application by the secretary on the Justice Department's behalf followed criticism from lawyers, educationists, social workers and lawmakers about the 'disparity' of the sentences on Tse and a co-accused policeman. Both Tse and his co-accused, traffic police constable Lau Chi-wai, will appear at the hearing. Miss Leung will also seek a review of Lau's sentence of six months' jail. Earlier this month, Tse, 22, and Lau, 28, were each convicted of one joint charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. They were found guilty of conspiring with Shing Kwok-ting, 34, a former driver for Tse's record company Emperor Entertainment Group, and the star's assistant Chow Chu-fai, to falsely represent that Shing was at the wheel of Tse's black Ferrari when it crashed in Cotton Tree Drive on March 23. Shing was jailed for four months in April after pleading guilty to the same charge. He testified for the prosecution in Tse's trial. If Mr Wyeth declines to increase the penalties, the Secretary for Justice may apply to a higher court for a review. It is understood Tse will be represented by barrister Cheng Huan, SC, and Mr Chandler. The prosecution will be represented again by Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Bernard Ryan and government counsel Gary Lam Kar-yan. Tse will face two other separate speeding charges at Tsuen Wan Court this Thursday and November 11.