Man guilty of plot to deceive married lover A man who began a relationship with a married businesswoman, convinced her to lend him HK$1 million and threatened to expose their affair unless she doubled the money was yesterday convicted of blackmail and deception. Cheung Kwun-yin, 29, a public relations officer, had pleaded not guilty to both charges. The woman, identified in the District Court only as Madam X, had met the defendant in a Tsim Sha Tsui pub in 2004 and had subsequently lent Cheung HK$200,000, which he said he needed to set up his own business. A year later, in early 2005, the pair began a relationship, the court heard. Cheung and Madam X, who the court heard was about 20 years older than him, opened a joint bank account into which she deposited HK$800,000, which Cheung said he needed in order to meet HSBC's HK$1 million requirement for issuing him a platinum credit card. The court heard that on November 13, 2005, during a meeting at the New San Diego Hotel in Yau Ma Tei, Cheung sent Madam X a text message listing her identity card, passport and bank account numbers and threatening to reveal their relationship to her husband if she did not pay him HK$1 million. Delivering his verdict, Judge Joseph Yau Chi-lap said he considered Madam X a credible witness. Though there were some contradictions in her testimony, she could still recall important details, such as what happened on the night Cheung tried to blackmail her at the hotel. The judge said Madam X had been willing to lend Cheung the money simply because she loved him and wanted to make him happy. Earlier, counsel for Cheung had told the court Madam X owed Cheung HK$1.7 million in gambling debts, and produced as evidence an IOU bearing Madam X's company chop. The counsel said Cheung and Madam X had gambled on cards in a hotel in Macau and that Cheung had won the money from Madam X. Judge Yau said the authenticity of the IOU was doubtful and it would have been unreasonable for Madam X to have made such a huge wager with Cheung given his poor financial standing, which would have cast doubt on his ability to pay the wager if he lost. As for the HK$800,000 Madam X put into the joint account to help Cheung get his Visa card, Judge Yau noted that Cheung had moved to transfer the entire sum to his personal bank account just nine days after the money was deposited. Judge Yau said this showed Cheung had never intended to apply for such a card or to return the money to Madam X. The application for the credit card was only an excuse for deception, the judge said. Judge Yau adjourned sentencing to May 8, pending background reports. Cheung was remanded in custody.