A businessman has pleaded guilty to setting fire to the office of a fortune teller whom he believed harmed his family and business by giving bad advice. Roewe Lok Wai, 42, said he had no intention of hurting fung shui master Yeo Wai-ho, widely known as Yeung Tin-ming, or anyone else in the January incident, and only wanted to warn the public not to believe in soothsaying, the District Court heard yesterday. Outside court, Yeo said he had foretold a "fire attack" was imminent. He had prepared nine buckets of water in his office and taken the day off to avoid danger, he told reporters. Defence barrister Peter Wong Ting-kwong described Lok as a man who had a happy family and a good business in 2000. "But he relied on fortune advice and lost everything, and [will end] up in prison," Wong told the court. The defendant entered a guilty plea over one count of arson with intent to endanger life. Judge Amanda Woodcock adjourned the sentencing to August 14 pending a psychological report. Wong said Lok ran a renovation and construction materials business, but was childless. In 2003, Lok and his wife, an American-Chinese, approached Yeo, a well-known geomancy master, for advice. A son was born that year, deepening the couple's faith in Yeo. When Lok's wife became pregnant again in 2006, they paid another visit to the fortune teller. Yeo predicted Lok's second son would be "a great man in society", but claimed that if the baby was born in Hong Kong, at most he could become only the chief executive, the lawyer said. Yeo suggested delivering the baby in an eastern part of the mainland so that the boy could rise to a higher office in the future. He also said Lok could earn billions of dollars if he moved his business, the court heard. Firm in their belief in Yeo, the couple relocated to Shanghai. However, Lok suffered business losses and his marriage soured. His wife took their two sons back to the United States last year, the court heard. In July that year, Lok went to Yeo's office on Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, accusing him of inaccurate predictions, prosecutor Chan Sze-yan said. Yeo gave Lok HK$12,800 to repay him for gifts previously given for his fortune-telling services. On January 9 this year, Lok again turned up at the office and demanded HK$25,000 in compensation, but was rejected. He then bought a bottle of paint thinner at a nearby shop and lit a fire outside Yeo's office. Outside court, Yeo said he had predicted the "fire attack" would happen on January 7. Lok appeared that day but left after learning Yeo was not around. When Lok set the office alight two days later, staff members were well prepared and put out the fire quickly, Yeo said.