A trainee solicitor's career was in ruins last night after she was convicted of intending to pervert the course of justice by making a false police report to avoid an MTR ticket fine. North Kowloon Magistrate Douglas Yau ruled yesterday that Phenix Wong Yan had made a false statement to the police on April 16 last year with the sole intention of having a charge of using a student ticket dropped. Mr Yau rejected Wong's defence that another person had impersonated her on the day and had used her lost identification card. 'She is not an honest witness,' he said. The offence arose out of an incident on February 5 last year when MTR staff said they caught Wong using a $3 student ticket at Admiralty station. Prosecutor David Leung Cheuk-yin told the court Wong refused to pay a $500 surcharge and the MTR staff noted her personal particulars. On April 13 last year, Wong received a summons. She made inquiries with the MTR as to what the case was about, and claimed that someone had impersonated her because her wallet had been stolen in 1999. Three days later, she went to Mongkok police station and said in a statement that she was in a Causeway Bay office working for the whole day on February 5 last year and was having a meeting with a client at the time of the incident. However, on June 6 last year, Wong pleaded guilty to the summons over the ticket incident and was fined $1,000, the court has heard. Wong had testified that she paid the ticket fine because she had been under tremendous pressure and worried she might not be able to pay the legal costs to fight the case. In delivering his verdict, the magistrate said he believed the two MTR staff who had checked the defendant's identification card had a very good impression of Wong, one of whom described her as 'bitchy and cocky'. He said the defendant had also given different versions of her whereabouts on February 5 last year, in the police statement and while giving evidence in court. Wong's barrister Graham Harris said the present offence was completely disproportionate to the original crime of trying to avoid paying the ticket fine. He said Wong had been unemployed since she left Paul Tse & Co in August and inevitably would lose her chosen career. The court heard that Wong, a graduate of City University who gained her Master of Laws degree with distinction from Bristol University, had been seriously traumatised by the case and had since received psychiatric help. The magistrate adjourned sentencing until November 8 pending a community service report.