Court hears an unpaid debt was the motive, but Raymond Wong refuses to shed any light on the matter Three men were fined $2,000 each yesterday after pleading guilty to conspiring to assault former radio talk-show host Raymond Wong Yuk-man. Mr Wong arrived at Kowloon City Court to give evidence but was told he would not be needed after the three defendants changed their plea to guilty. Outside court, Mr Wong shook his head when asked how he felt and said that if there was anything bothering him, it was the media. When reporters asked why he was the target of an assault, he said: 'Make your own guesses. You're going to put it in the headlines anyway.' Defendants Li Kwok-wah, 52, Lau Chung-mei, 34, and Lam Kam-wai, 34, said they were told to 'push' Mr Wong, whom, under caution, they had earlier referred to as a 'small celebrity', because he owed someone money. A fourth defendant, Tsui Wai-ming, 51, absconded in August and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. On March 16 last year, Mr Wong noticed four men standing at the entrance of the Miramar Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui when he got out of a taxi. The court heard Li approached Mr Wong and pushed his shoulder. Another man, who was not one of yesterday's defendants, then took Mr Wong into the hotel lobby. After his arrest, Li admitted under caution that Lau had ordered him to push Mr Wong because he owed Lau's boss some money. He said he had split a $1,100 payment for carrying out the task with a friend. The other two defendants did not push Mr Wong, the court heard, but were also told by their friends to do so. Lau said he received $500, while Lam said he did not receive any money because he was doing his friend a favour. Magistrate Abu Bakar bin Wahab cut Li's lawyer short during his mitigation because he said he planned to fine all the defendants $2,000, to which the lawyers agreed. Li and Lam had previous criminal records, the court heard. Mr Wong, the former host of Commercial Radio's Close Encounters of a Political Kind, quit the show last May and left Hong Kong for a few months. There was speculation at the time that he left town because of financial difficulties. But his wife said he had gone overseas to have an operation on his vocal chords. After returning to Hong Kong in October, Mr Wong, who had been a strong critic of the local and national governments, said that before his departure he had been offered money to go off the air but had turned it down. That month his son, Wong Tak-hon, was sentenced to 15 months' probation for drug possession.