A trainee solicitor convicted of intending to pervert the course of justice by making a false police report to avoid paying an MTR ticket fine yesterday was given 160 hours community service. North Kowloon Magistrate Douglas Yau told Phenix Wong Yan she had committed a serious offence that normally attracted a custodial sentence. But he said there were exceptional circumstances. 'It is highly likely that the defendant's professional career as a solicitor will come to an end. She is a person of good character and through her sponsorship of various charities and her support of less fortunate people it has been shown to me that she is a kind-hearted and charitable person,' Mr Yau said. 'It is unfortunate this offence is committed but she will have to bear the consequences of her own conduct and action.' He sentenced her to 160 hours of community service after taking into account that Wong had denied the offence. The court heard that Wong, formerly employed by Paul Tse & Co in August, had made a false statement to police on April 16 last year with the sole intention of having a charge of using a student ticket dropped. In the earlier ruling, the magistrate found Wong was 'not an honest witness' and rejected her story that another person had impersonated her on the day and had used her lost identification card. Prosecutor David Leung Cheuk-yin 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. 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 over 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 she had been working that day.