Defendant pleads for an adjournment but a High Court judge accuses the man of talking nonsense and wasting the court's time A High Court judge yesterday rebuked a defendant for wasting the court's time after he claimed to be too depressed to proceed with a $23 million tax case. The rebuke came during a heated exchange in which Mr Justice William Waung Sik-ying told Chun Kam-chiu he was talking nonsense and the defendant told the judge not to be 'impulsive'. Chun asked Mr Justice Waung in the Court of First Instance for an adjournment to next month. He claimed he was too depressed to act for himself in the case, in which he is being sued by the government over $23 million of unpaid corporate tax. Chun, a one-time high-profile property investor and former chairman of the Keen Lloyd Group, is now serving a jail term for bank-credit fraud. Rejecting the request, Mr Justice Waung said: 'I'm depressed to see you wasting the court's time. Of course you are depressed because someone is suing you for $23 million.' He said he might entertain Chun's request for an adjournment if he had a medical certificate stating he was genuinely depressed. Chun is being sued over a personal guarantee he gave the Inland Revenue Department in relation to $23 million in tax owed by subsidiaries of Keen Lloyd. The court was told yesterday that Chun reached an agreement with the department in March 2000 under which he personally guaranteed that subsidiaries of the Keen Lloyd Group would pay the overdue tax in instalments. However, one of the subsidiaries defaulted on four instalments the following year. Chun is serving a 61/2-year sentence after being found guilty in April last year of defrauding Sin Hau Bank in a $223.9 million credit scam. He is awaiting a decision on his appeal in that case. Chun earlier told the court he would represent himself in the tax case but changed his mind and sought legal representation at the outset of the hearing yesterday. He said it would be unfair for him to represent himself because he did not understand English and was given court documents late. 'The unfairness is brought upon you by yourself because you dismissed your lawyer,' the judge said. Chun sought the court's permission to seek legal aid. He said he had not applied because he had been distracted by the appeal over his criminal conviction. Mr Justice Waung said he was astounded. 'Everyone in prison knows about legal aid. Normally, that's the first thing they apply for. The fact that you did not apply was your fault,' he said. When Chun pressed for the court to grant him legal aid, Mr Justice Waung said: 'You are talking nonsense. The court does not have such power.' Chun asked the judge not to be impulsive and to listen to him. Mr Justice Waung replied that he was not acting impulsively. The hearing continues tomorrow.