A BUSINESS consultant who took a camera from a woman after she refused to have sex with him failed to convince a High Court judge yesterday that he had been unfairly convicted. Dismissing the appeal of Ho Hoo-man, Mr Justice Leong said there was ample evidence for the magistrate to have reached her conclusion. Ho, 42, had denied two counts of theft and one of possession of someone else's identity card. He had been found guilty of theft after trial by Magistrate Cathie Wong, and sentenced to nine months' jail, suspended for 12 months. The court heard that Ling Man met Ho via a matchmaking agency. On the morning of March 20 this year, they went to a hotel in Nathan Road where Ho asked Ms Ling for sex. When she refused, a quarrel ensued and Ho took Ms Ling's $2,000 camera. Ho was arrested on May 10 in possession of an identity card - for which he was later fined $2,000 - and a bank card, both bearing the name of Wong Chi-keung. Ho claimed he had found them in a wallet and had intended to take the wallet to the police. His counsel, John Haynes, said on appeal that the two theft charges should be tried separately. The fact that the magistrate heard the charges together meant Ho had been prejudiced in his defence. But Crown representative Victoria Hartstein argued that the discovery of the second theft was related to the first and it was logical to have them tried together.