Wire on boat of abductor's girlfriend matched that on dead child, court told A man was charged with the murder of his niece after investigators matched the wire wrapped around her neck with pieces found in his girlfriend's boat, a court heard yesterday. Prosecutor John Hagon told a Court of First Instance jury that Tse Oi-lam, 11, was killed during an attempt to extort $500,000 from her family. Decoration worker Lee Kwok-oi, 32, has pleaded not guilty to murder. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping the girl at an earlier trial and is now serving a 16-year sentence. Mr Hagon told the court that Oi-lam not seen alive after leaving her family home at 1.30pm on September 21, 2001. Her body was found floating off an Aberdeen beach the next day. The prosecutor said that apart from the matching wires, a forensics examination also found Lee's palm print on the boat owned by his girlfriend's family. Oi-lam's father, Tse Yuen-ming, yesterday told the court he received 11 phone calls seeking ransom on the day his daughter went missing. Mr Tse, a cross-border truck driver who was on the mainland when his daughter was abducted, said he thought it was a practical joke when the kidnapper first called asking for $500,000. But Mr Tse said he became uneasy and phoned his wife asking where his two daughters were. He also made a report to the police. Mr Tse said when the same man continued to call him, he negotiated the payment down to $300,000 and arranged to drop the money at Tsuen Wan. At the time, Mr Tse was following police instructions to buy investigators more time. He said police called him at 7.30pm the next day to say they had found his daughter's body at Ap Lei Chau. Oi-lam's mother, Lee Yuk-lan, said she went to Tai Po police station the day her daughter's body was found and briefly met the accused, who apologised to her. Ms Lee said she followed investigators' instructions and asked Lee where he had killed her daughter. When asked by defence counsel Frederic Whitehouse what his client replied, Ms Lee said: 'He told me that he was not the person who killed my daughter.' The trial continues today before Mr Justice Colin Jackson.