Stephen Gan Fock-wai, widely known as the Prince of White Flower Oil, an analgesic balm his company sells, is a man of charity, compassion and honesty, according to letters of mitigation read in court after he was convicted of indecent assault yesterday. The letters written by Gan's friends were a who's who of Hong Kong. George Ho Ho-chi, owner of Commercial Radio, said Gan was a good friend. 'If his punishment means he will not continue his company role, the company's business as well as many workers will be adversely affected,' Mr Ho said. 'Gan is an honest and responsible person who has served Hong Kong society well.' Oxfam Hong Kong executive director Chong Chan-yau praised Gan as one who did not only contribute to charity works financially. 'He attends many charity events,' Mr Chong said. 'He also loves to work with his hands as well.' He said Gan had donated more than half a million dollars to the group since 1990. Popular singer-actor Jackie Cheung Hok-yau wrote Gan was a man with a big heart for charity. 'We have known each other in the charity world since 1999. He has helped many people. He not only worked for charities on his own, he has also tried hard to lobby others to contribute as well.' Other letters in mitigation came from Friends of the Earth director Edwin Lau Che-feng, and officials from Helping Hand, the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association, the Society For Abandoned Animals and World Vision. Gan appeared calm during the hearing yesterday. In a black suit, white shirt and navy blue tie, Gan, a Buddhist, could be seen frequently reading Buddhist scripts. Family members were also in court to support him. Though trying to remain calm, he showed his shock and disappointment when the verdict was announced, lowering his head. He told reporters outside that he respected the court's decision before getting into a private vehicle and leaving.