A DECORATOR who helped three people illegally to obtain driving licences was jailed for a total of six months in the District Court yesterday. Tsang Ying-kin, 38, pleaded guilty to four charges of using a document with intent to deceive. The offences took place between July and August last year. The prosecution said the offences were part of a larger racket. Tsang introduced Tsang Siu-wai, Ng Pui-hong and Santos Wai-ning to a syndicate, which also obtained an illegal licence for the defendant using false documents. In sentencing, Deputy Judge Jennings said more than 300 people had earlier been fined in the magistrates' court for using forged documents in their applications for local driving licences. As a result, he said, people without driving qualifications were left driving on Hong Kong roads. Deputy Judge Jennings said this type of offence warranted an immediate custodial sentence. He stressed that he did not want to give the wrong impression to the public that these were not serious offences. Defence counsel Jack Ong said his client, who was married with a four-year-old daughter, had to support his family in Hong Kong and his mother in China. Senior Crown Counsel Kevin Zervos said it was agreed that Tsang Ying-kin would charge $8,000 for each applicant he introduced to the syndicate and keep $2,000 as travelling expenses. He first obtained a China home visit permit from each of the three applicants and then handed them to the syndicate members, who affixed forged immigration stamps to the documents. The court heard that the three applicants would then be able to show that they had resided in China for six months. Three driving licences which were purported to be issued by the Chinese authorities to the three applicants were also given by the syndicate members to the accused. The three applicants then claimed that they had met the requirements stipulated by regulation 11 (3) of the Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Regulations for the direct issue of Hong Kong driving licences by submitting the two documents to the Transport Department. In fact, Tsang Siu-wai, Ng and Santos had never completed a test of competence to drive with the Chinese authorities and they had never stayed in China for the period shown by the immigration stamps on their China home visit permits. The court heard the defendant had eight previous convictions including theft and robbery.