Alleged triad leader 'repented to a priest'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 November, 2009, 12:00am

A man alleged by police to be a triad leader said outside court yesterday that he had become a Christian and had repented to a priest - and feared the court case he was facing might hurt God's name.

'I feel that I was very wrong,' Hung Hon-yee, nicknamed Teddy, said outside Kowloon City Court. 'I have repented to a priest.'

Hung did not discourage the media from asking questions, saying to people around him who told reporters to stop asking questions: 'Are you crazy? We are Christians!'

Hung, who police say they believe is the leader of the Tsim Sha Tsui faction of the 14K triad, was arrested this week in police raids that netted 67 others, including two other alleged leaders.

Hung pleaded not guilty to resisting an officer on duty when he appeared before Principal Magistrate Andrew Ma Hon-cheung.

Another man connected to the case, Chung Foon-ming, who was charged with obstructing the officer, also pleaded not guilty.

Hung, 61, and Chung, 57, were intercepted at the Tak Sing foot-massage parlour in To Kwa Wan on Tuesday. A prosecutor said outside court that police were conducting a routine check at the massage establishment when they looked at Hung's identification and discovered he had been involved in a traffic offence.

During the check, Chung allegedly pushed an officer, and the scene became chaotic.

Hung and Chung will stand trial on January 20. They were released on bail of HK$5,000 each.