Ex-team leader of private property construction site charged by ICAC jailed for bribery over subcontract
A former team leader of an engineering company, charged by the ICAC, was today (December 8) sentenced to two months’ imprisonment after admitting at the Shatin Magistrates’ Courts that he had accepted bribes for assisting a subcontractor to secure a construction works subcontract of a private residential project.
Mok Yiu-chuen, 62, former team leader of Temmex Engineering Limited (Temmex), today pleaded guilty to three counts of agent accepting an advantage, contrary to Section 9(1)(a) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.
In sentencing, Acting Principal Magistrate Mr David Cheung Chi-wai said bribery was a serious offence and he took a starting point of three months’ jail for each of the offences. Having considered the defendant’s guilty plea, the jail term for each offence was reduced to two months to be run concurrently.
The court heard that at the material time, Temmex was one of the subcontractors of a private residential construction project in Tai Po Kau (the site). The defendant was a team leader of Temmex who was responsible for recruiting workers and supervising their construction works.
In May 2021, the defendant referred another subcontractor to Temmex to take up the construction works of a road at the site at $700,000. Between June and August 2021, the defendant accepted from the subcontractor three bribes of $3,000 each as a reward for assisting the latter to secure the above road construction works subcontract.
Temmex did not allow its staff to solicit or accept advantages for matters in relation to its business, including referring subcontractors to it. The company had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.
The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Dominic Cheung.