Fung bribery trial told of extramarital affair

Local | Phoenix Un 22 May 2019

Extramarital affairs dominated the second day in the trial of Wilson Fung Wing-yip, former deputy secretary of the Economic Development and Labour Bureau for, allegedly, receiving HK$510,000 from Cheyenne Chan Ung-lok, the sister-in-law of casino king Stanley Ho Hung-sun, as deposit for a Mid-Levels flat at One Robinson Place.

Prosecution witness Peter Ha Wing-ho, the lawyer who handled the purchase of the flat on Fung's behalf, testified that he was a cousin of Chan's former husband, who was not named in court.

Questioned by Chan's lawyer, Selwyn Yu Sing-cheung, SC, Ha said he had witnessed them dating and getting married, and seeing Chan becoming a housewife afterwards.

Ha told District Court Justice Douglas Yau Tak-hong that Chan was faithful to the family and her then-husband, and "she would do whatever he told her to do."

Yau then asked whether it was domestic violence and the husband's extramarital affairs which caused problems in the marriage, Ha only said he knew his cousin had a mistress somewhere.

Yau also asked, as the problems evolved in 2002, whether Chan was "very unhappy because of that, because a family-oriented woman might lose the focus of her life if her spouse has extramarital affairs."

Ha agreed with the judge, and said Chan used to be intimate with her ex-husband, and he often saw the couple in cinemas.

Hearing about the extramarital affairs of her ex-husband, Chan lowered her head and wept.

Ha said he remembered Chan phoning him, "there is a friend of mine who wants to buy a flat, and I want you to handle it."

Ha said he did not know the relationship between Fung and Chan back then, and he did not pay special attention to the phrase "on behalf of Wilson Fung" written on the provisional agreement for sale and purchase of the flat.

Fung's lawyer, Joseph Tse Wah-yuen, SC, asked Ha that after Fung transferred ownership of the flat to his wife, Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee, and paid the lawyer's fee, "Did you give Betty any discount?"

Ha replied: "indeed I did, and you will read it from the receipt."

Chan's former secretary, Maria Chui Mei-yee, testified that as she confirmed to Yau that the signature on the provisional agreement was made by Chan, but the statement "on behalf of Wilson Fung" was not her ex-boss' handwriting.

Chui said she did not know Fung, neither did she realize the relationship between Chan and Fung.

When Ho Ming-ko, senior associate director of Ricacorp Properties, testified, Fung's lawyer Tse showed him the provisional agreement, which had the buyer's name altered to Fung's name, with the vendor's name signed beside it.

Ho said while the phrase "on behalf of Wilson Fung" was written, it was unlikely the original buyer wanted to change the name after signing the agreement.

The trial continues today.

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