A MAN who swore at a magistrate after he was jailed for theft could have been denied a fair appeal by the Registrar of the Supreme Court, who had refused to translate the documents relating to the case. Mr Justice Keith yesterday referred the case of Ngan Wai-yeung, who was not legally represented, to the Court of Appeal to decide the principle. The judge said Ngan, 39, who had been refused legal aid for his appeal against conviction and sentence, had written last month to the court seeking help because he did not understand the appeal documents, which were in English. The Registrar refused to supply someone to explain the papers, or to translate them, citing lack of resources. When the case came before Mr Justice Keith in the High Court yesterday, he said the refusal could have denied Ngan's right to a fair hearing of his appeal, and he wanted to send the point to the Court of Appeal for a ruling. Ngan was advised to apply for legal aid again in view of the important question of principle involved and the judge asked Senior Crown Counsel Sou Chiam to bring the matter to the attention of the Director of Legal Aid. Ngan was convicted of theft by Eastern Court on September 29. After Jonathan Acton-Bond passed a sentence of 18 months' jail, Ngan swore at him. He received an extra one-month jail term for contempt.