SCMP Saturday, December 16, 2000

Tycoon's son admits having drugs


Tycoon's son Gilbert Yeung Kei-lung was fined $7,000 yesterday after being caught with drugs at a rave club.
Yeung, 33, the son of Emperor Group boss Albert Yeung Sau-shing, pleaded guilty at Eastern Court to two counts of possession of dangerous drugs - cocaine and alprazolam - and one of possession of Viagra without a prescription. He denied the charges at a first court appearance on October 17. Yeung was found in possession of a Viagra tablet and other drugs at a rave party at Pink, in Sun Yip Street, Chai Wan, at 1.45am on August 26.
The court heard that Yeung, who has been in the media limelight for his romance with Pansy Ho - the daughter of Macau tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun - also had 83mg of cocaine. During a search at Chai Wan police station, police found in Yeung's wallet a tablet of alprazolam, an anxiety-relieving drug also used as a party drug. Yeung, who runs a public relations firm, was among seven people arrested at the party just hours after the rave club opened. Defence lawyer Ching Y Wong said Yeung had been "crucified by the Hong Kong press" since the incident. Mr Wong said a medical report found that Yeung, convicted in 1998 of possessing cocaine, was not an addict.
Magistrate Ian Candy said he accepted the mitigation but that Yeung as "an educated person, should be well aware of the consequence" of drug offences. He fined him $5,000 for the cocaine-related charge and $1,000 each for the other two charges.