Hong Kong millionaire faces jail for groping cabbies

April 19th, 2008 - 1:26 pm ICT by admin  

Hong Kong, April 19 (DPA) A high-profile millionaire Hong Kong businessman was facing jail Saturday after being convicted of groping two male taxi drivers. Stephen Gan Fock-wai, known as the Prince of White Flower Oil for his company’s health food products, was found guilty Friday of fondling the taxi drivers’ thighs and private parts as they drove him home.

Gan, 46, who is unmarried, won celebrity status by singing on TV advertisements for his company’s products. He was arrested after allegedly groping a 34-year-old taxi driver last year.

After publicity over Gan’s arrest, another driver, 37, came forward to complain of a similar assault in 2003 and said Gan offered him 2,000 Hong Kong dollars ($553) to have sex with him.

Gan, chief executive of Pak Fah Yeow International (White Flower Oil International), was found guilty of two indecent assaults. He denied the offences.

At a hearing in Hong Kong’s Eastern Court Friday, Gan’s lawyer Lawrence Lok said his client was a closet bisexual and the incidents were a result of his “suppressed lust”.

He pleaded with the magistrate not to send Gan to jail saying the public ordeal of his trial had been the “heaviest possible punishment”. Gan will be sentenced May 2.

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