The case was heard in the High Court.
In sentencing, the judge pointed out that the conspiracy
to defraud engaged in by the two ex-directors
of Hui Hon had caused HA to lose a huge amount of public
funds. He said that the cover-up of substandard piles
by the defendants was detrimental to the construction
works and endangered the public. Further, deterrent sentences
had to be handed down because, given the limited land
resources in Hong Kong, members of the public could well
invest their life savings in housing.
In the end, the two ex-directors
of Hui Hon were convicted of one count of conspiracy to
defraud and sentenced to 12 years in jail. They appealed
and their sentences were reduced by two years.
relating to the Yuen Chau Kok short piling
of Hui Hon
years' imprisonment (reduced by two years
of Hui Hon
sentence was reduced by two years on appeal
years' imprisonment 5
He had been sentenced to four years' imprisonment
in the Central and Wanchai pumping station
short piling case, of which two years ran
concurrently with his sentence in the Yuen
Chau Kok case.
Twenty-one months of his sentence in the Yuen
Chau Kok case ran concurrently with his 39
months' sentence in the Central and Wanchai
pumping station short piling case.