When you report a crime to the police, make sure you are telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
A 65-year-old man learned this lesson the hard way after a magistrate slapped him with a HK$2,000 fine and ordered him to apologize to his wife for reporting a fake robbery, Apple Daily reported on Thursday.
The man, a retired worker surnamed Hung, pleaded guilty to the charge of misleading police officers at the Fanling Magistrates’ Court.
He said he did so after he lost a Rolex watch worth HK$30,000 to a prostitute he hired for a body massage but he did not want his wife to know the truth.
The court heard that he told the police on Oct. 21 that he was robbed of the watch by two men on San Hong Street in Sheung Shui.
Police investigators did not see any robbery when they reviewed video clips from CCTV cameras in the area, but they saw him enter a building with a woman who later left before him.
Upon further interrogation, he admitted that the woman was a prostitute, who he thought might have stolen his watch.
However, Hung was too embarrassed to let his wife know about what he did, so he made up a story about having been robbed by two men.
The magistrate decided on a fine instead of a heavier punishment, but asked Hung to apologize in court to his wife who attended the hearing with their daughter.
“I am sorry,” he told his wife twice and aloud as he had been instructed before he was allowed to leave the court.
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