It looked like a never-ending story when Nicholas Tse Ting-fung filed an appeal against his conviction for conspiring to pervert the course of justice earlier this week. No matter what the outcome, the teenage heart-throb will not need to worry about going to jail because the Department of Justice has decided not to appeal against his sentence. At stake is, however, people's confidence in him. '[Tse] was my idol, but now? No way,' said a student in a letter to Young Post, who prefers to remain anonymous. Eighteen-year-old student Ho San-han disagreed with Tse's move. She said it was 'a waste of people's time and money'. 'He should be responsible for what he did,' she said. 'It is senseless for him to launch an appeal.' Obviously Tse and his lawyers disagree. The issue is whether there was sufficient evidence to convict, a legal source told the South China Morning Post in an earlier report. The 22-year-old singer was convicted in October over a plot to arrange a stand-in to pose as the driver after he crashed his Ferrari in March. Magistrate Allan Wyeth sentenced Tse to 240 hours of community service, which drew an outcry from those who believed the punishment was too lenient. Last month, Mr Wyeth refused the Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie's application to reconsider the sentence. He said community service was not a 'soft option', and said among other reasons, Tse had played a largely passive role in the affair. Another student, Wong Wing-shan, 19, was unaware of the Department of Justice's decision not to appeal against Tse's sentence. 'I think he's gone too far in appealing his conviction,' she said. On his record company's official Web site, Tse's die-hard fans left messages of support. One of them said: 'We support you, like from the very beginning, no matter what you do'. * News Analysis on Page 6. Letters on page 10.