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Tuesday, 3 December, 2002, 14:57 GMT
Tse to stay out of jail
Nicholas Tse and his father Patrick Tse Yin
Nicholas Tse (right): Hong Kong's "bad boy of pop"
An attempt to send Hong Kong singing star Nicholas Tse to jail because his community service sentence was considered by some to be "manifestly inadequate" has failed.

In October, Tse, one of China's biggest stars, was convicted of allowing his chauffeur to take the blame for a car crash.

The singer was ordered to do 240 hours community service, prompting prosecutors to ask the magistrate to review the decision.

Nicholas Tse
Tse was also banned from driving for speeding
But the magistrate refused and prosecutors have now said they will drop the matter.

Tse, 22, has said he will still try to clear his name with an appeal.

He denied conspiring to pervert the course of justice after crashing his black Ferrari into a road barrier in Hong Kong in March.

His sentence sparked controversy among the media, lawyers and social workers who said the star was treated too lightly.

Hong Kong's Department of Justice ordered a review - but Magistrate Allen Wyeth refused, saying Tse played a largely passive role in the incident.

The director of public prosecutions, Grenville Cross, said they could find no errors in Wyeth's rulings so would not pursue the matter further.

Cheering

In explaining his original decision, Mr Wyeth said he had considered Tse's age, clear record and the fact that he had spent two weeks in jail awaiting the sentence.

News of his community service order was greeted with cheering from hundreds of fans who had gathered outside the courthouse.

Dubbed the territory's "bad boy of pop", Tse, 22, is the son of movie star Patrick Tse Yin and won a 2002 World Music Award for being China's biggest selling artist.

A police officer was jailed for six months and Tse's driver was given four months over the incident.

Just two weeks after the court case, the singer was banned from driving for a year in two separate speeding incidents.

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