Former feng shui master Peter Chan Chun-chuen will stay behind bars after failing to overturn his convictions for forging and using a will he claimed to be that of late tycoon Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum. Chan, who was named Tony before he converted to Christianity, was earlier repeatedly accused of lying during his civil lawsuit to claim Wang's HK$83 billion estate. Following his defeat in that probate battle, he was convicted of one count each of forgery and of using a false document in 2013 and jailed for 12 years. In their ruling yesterday, three Court of Appeal judges disagreed with his lawyer's assertion that the criminal trial judge, Mr Justice Andrew Macrae, had "placed too great an emphasis on lies" and misdirected the jury, resulting in Chan's convictions. "The judge had given the direction, 'lies do not prove guilt', twice in his original direction," Court of Appeal Vice-President Mr Justice Michael Lunn noted in his written judgment. Macrae had reiterated the same point in a modified version of his direction, Lunn added. The appeal judge told Chan, 55: "Your application for leave to appeal against your conviction has been refused, as has your application for appeal of sentence." Chan, clad in a suit, nodded and smiled when asked if he was disappointed. His solicitor indicated Chan would appeal again and told his family not to worry. Lunn wrote that he and the other two judges, Mr Justice Jeremy Poon Shiu-chor and Mr Justice Derek Pang Wai-cheong, stood by Macrae and his directions to the jury. Earlier, defence barrister James Wood QC said prosecutor David Perry QC had accused Chan repeatedly of lying in his closing arguments, which could cause prejudice among the jurors against his client. Macrae, Wood contended, had erred in giving wrong directions to the jury in relation to what Perry called lies. Lunn ruled that Wood's complaint about the trial judge's failure to dissociate lies and guilt was "manifestly mistaken". The trial judge, contrary to what Wood suggested, had directed the jury to ignore the details from the previous civil probate proceedings, Lunn wrote. As well, there was a time span of more than 18 months between the civil and criminal proceedings. "We are satisfied the judge's forceful directions to the jury to ignore such information … were entirely appropriate," he wrote. Lunn also ruled Macrae had not erred in admitting information that he should not have, nor did the trial judge commit any errors when he barred then defence barrister Andrew Kan SC from asking certain questions. But Lunn said the starting point for each of Chan's charges should have been 13 years instead of 14. Nonetheless, he reduced the jail-term discount from two years to one, bringing the sentence to the same duration of 12 years. Chan is serving the sentences for both convictions concurrently.