He says he went to Mongkok flat on police business A policeman who was demoted and had his pay docked for 28 minutes after being accused of visiting a prostitute filed a High Court writ yesterday seeking to overturn the punishment. Constable Wong Sing-tak, 34, formerly a sergeant, is seeking a judicial review of the police disciplinary tribunal's decision. He was found guilty in February of being absent from duty without leave or good cause, although he claimed he was investigating a robbery at the time. The writ says the punishment followed a complaint to the Independent Commission Against Corruption on June 17, 2001 from a couple who alleged that he might be 'harbouring' a one-prostitute apartment in the Lee Man Building in Tung Choi Street, Mongkok. It said the couple, who lived opposite the apartment, alleged that Constable Wong, wearing his uniform, entered Flat B and stayed for about 28 minutes shortly after 4pm that day. An investigation by the ICAC was inconclusive and the commission referred the matter to police. Constable Wong, who joined the force in 1981 and was promoted to sergeant in 1999, was posted to the Mongkok District at the time. The disciplinary tribunal found him guilty of the charge and Deputy Commissioner of Police Gordon Fung Siu-yuen dismissed his appeal in August this year. The writ says that if the tribunal had properly considered the evidence it would have found 'reasonable doubt' as to whether Constable Wong's duty at the time extended to the district where the building was located. It was 'irrational' of the tribunal to find that he was absent from duty as he was visiting a building in the district to which he was assigned. The decision should be quashed because the tribunal erred in finding him absent 'demonstrably without making any finding of fact' about what he actually was doing at the time, the writ says.