The son of a mainland business tycoon pleaded not guilty in a Hong Kong court Wednesday to charges of conspiracy to defraud after he allegedly used a pinhole camera to cheat in a marine vessel operator examination.
Huang Xiaopeng denied that he cheated in a Pleasure Vessel Operators Licence Grade 2 examination that he took in Hong Kong in 2013, apparently taking back a previous confession, Ming Pao Daily News reported.
Police Officer Fung Cham-hoi had testified earlier that before Huang, before his arrest, admitted to Fung that he cheated in an examination using an electronic device.
The entire saga began after a Marine Department officer named Tam Yun-chi who was monitoring the above-mentioned examination on November 22, 2013 said he noticed plastic tapes on Huang’s left wrist.
Upon inspection, a pinhole camera was found wired to an electronic device attached to Huang’s waist. The pinhole camera was said to have been disguised as a cufflink.
Huang then revealed that he was passing on the exam questions to a friend stationed outside and tried to get the answers. Along with the miniature camera, he used a flesh-colored earphone to communicate with the friend who was said to be stationed in a goods truck nearby.
Tam’s colleagues subsequently called the police to report the matter.
According to Apple Daily, Huang is the son of Huang Bingwen, the billionaire founder of China’s Shantou Dongfeng Printing group.
During the court hearing Wednesday, Huang’s lawyer Wong Ching-yu denied that his client ever confessed to police officer Fung.
Fung, on his part, admitted that he failed to record Huang’s confession in his log book, though the later admitted to the crime after he was arrested.
The police officer said it was a lapse stemming his inexperience, as he joined the force only two years ago.
The trial is scheduled to continue on Thursday.
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