Banker escapes jail for having gun


A senior banker has escaped a prison sentence for possessing an unlicensed gun found in his luggage at Chek Lap Kok airport. Yan Shen, 43, was ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service and fined HK$50,000.

Mr Yan, who headed the North Asia institutional clients group of Deutsche Bank Asia, was arrested in May when a pistol and ammunition were discovered during a search of his baggage.

District Court Judge Yau said the case was a special one. Judge Yau said he did not accept the defendant's explanation that he was unaware it was illegal to possess firearms.

However, Judge Yau said he'd decided not to jail Mr Yan because he was suffering from a "dependent personality disorder," and a prison term might affect his treatment.

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