A PRISON officer who took a portable telephone into the Siu Lam correctional facility for an inmate to conduct gambling activities was yesterday given two weeks to petition the Governor to allow him to serve his sentence in ICAC custody. Magistrate Fergal Sweeney in South Kowloon Court adjourned the case until October 25 after duty lawyer Alexander Chang made the application on behalf of Carlo Lai Kwok-seung, 37, an assistant officer with the Correctional Services Department (CSD). Lai admitted having conveyed the telephone without authority into Siu Lam for inmate Chan Yau-ming. Mr Chang submitted that his client's life could be at risk if he served his sentence under CSD custody. He therefore asked the court to allow time for Lai to petition the Governor to let him serve his sentence in the custody of the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Mr Chang said Lai, who had voluntarily returned to the territory from Singapore, had made a frank admission to the ICAC. He told the court that Lai had now learned a lesson. The prosecution said Chan, who was serving a sentence at Siu Lam for a drug trafficking offence, convinced Lai and other officers to invest in gambling activities. Chan later persuaded Lai to bring a portable telephone into Siu Lam on his behalf. On October 1, 1992, Lai took the telephone to Chan.