A man was jailed for life yesterday for murdering his neighbour and selling his jewellery to finance a gambling habit. Chow Wing-man, 55, was found guilty of murdering 71-year-old Lee Yau-ming on or about April 15, 2001. The prosecution's case was based on the fact Chow pawned two items of jewellery that belonged to Lee to finance a gambling spree in Macau. Chow, fresh from a disastrous night of gambling in the former Portuguese colony, returned home on the afternoon of April 15. He somehow gained entrance to Lee's flat, which was next door to his own, and while he was there a struggle broke out. Neighbours testified that they had heard the sounds of a struggle. During the fight, Chow stabbed Lee several times, killing him. He then stole the man's jewellery, one item of which he immediately pawned. The other piece was pawned by Chow early on April 16 in Macau. Defence counsel Peter Callaghan said the prosecution case was entirely circumstantial. 'It's a weak case,' he said. 'How do you prove he killed him? There's a million ways he could have got hold of that jewellery.' Chow maintained throughout the trial that he found the items on the building's staircase when he returned from Macau on April 15. But the jury did not believe him, bringing in a guilty verdict yesterday with a majority of six to one. It was the second time Chow had been found guilty of Lee's murder. His original conviction was quashed in August last year after the Court of Appeal found the jury had been shown a prejudicial video interview compromising the defendant's credibility. Mr Justice Michael Stuart-Moore, Mr Justice Peter Cheung Chak-yau and Mr Justice Robert Tang Ching ruled the recording of an interview given by Chow to police on June 14, 2001, should have been excluded from the first jury's consideration because it provided a wholly 'one-sided dialogue'.