A postman working at the airport's mail centre tried to redirect seven packages containing more than HK$3,000 worth of hair dye, chocolates, clothing and other items to his and his girlfriend's homes. Leung Chi-ho, 32, pleaded guilty yesterday at Tsuen Wan Court to seven counts of attempted theft, after his ruse in February at the Hong Kong International Airport mail centre was exposed by a fellow postman. Magistrate Lambert Lee Ka-chai adjourned the case to December 22 for sentencing and remanded Leung in custody. Leung tried to redirect the packages, originally meant for destinations abroad, to his home in Tai Po Centre, Tai Po, and his girlfriend's home on Kwong Yuen Estate, Sha Tin, by placing paper slips with their addresses on the packages, the court heard. He was found out when Lam Loi-choi, a senior postman at the international mail centre in Hung Hom, whose job was to sort postal packets into different categories for easy processing, noticed the slips covering the original addresses. Lam notified his supervisor at the office of the discovery. After noticing that the packages were all being directed to two addresses, Lam suspected a thief at work and reported the case to the police. A police officer arrested Leung on February 18. Leung admitted he had tampered with the addresses. He said his girlfriend did not know what he had done. It was unclear why there was a delay of 10 months between the arrest and Leung's court appearance yesterday. The packages contained eight bottles of hair dye worth HK$280, a HK$1,560 electronic Chinese-English dictionary, a 16 gigabyte memory stick, herbal tea, and a jacket, a T-shirt and a skirt that cost a total of HK$1,000. One of the packets he tried to redirect contained 20 paper roses, and another a box of chocolates and a card. In total, he attempted to take HK$3,328 worth of goods. The senders said they did not know Leung.