A lonely prison clerk who mined personal data from a prison computer system in a bid to date the beautiful women he saw visiting inmates was ordered yesterday to perform 120 hours of community service. Ng King-tong, 30, admitted he used the secured computer system at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre to get in touch with some of the women, and dated a few of them, between March 4 and June 10 last year. The order came from Kowloon City Magistrate Henry Mierczak after recommendations from reports on Ng who earlier pleaded guilty to eight counts of accessing a computer with criminal or dishonest intent. He obtained the personal data of seven women, including their phone numbers and date of birth, and contacted them by sending them text messages on their birthdays, the court heard earlier. A Correctional Services Department spokesman said the department would carefully study the verdict before considering what further action to take against the prison clerk. Ng's wife, whom he married last year and met while she was visiting the jail, continued to attend court to support her husband. The court heard in mitigation that the defendant had never dated a woman and he committed the crime solely because he was 'interested in meeting a young lady' and he often saw 'a stream of young and beautiful' girls at his job.