Appearing in court on November 4, Mat Yeung (楊明) was convicted of driving under the influence. The 40-year-old actor was sentenced to 18 days jail time, suspension of his driving license for two years, and a fine of 3,000 Chinese yuan. Upon hearing his sentence, Mat’s eyes grew red while his girlfriend Lisa Chong (莊思明) burst into tears.
In August 2020, Mat was arrested for DUI after crashing into two curb barriers in the Mid Levels. He had refused to take the breathalyzer test and claimed he was unwell. Walking with unsteady steps, Mat had to lean onto two officers for support as he was sent to the hospital.
Judge Orders 18 Days of Jail Time
During the sentencing at Eastern Law Courts today, the judge pointed out although there was no data available on Mat’s alcohol concentration, the actor was visibly intoxicated and had completely lost control of his vehicle. Pointing out the actor’s past record of drunk driving, the judge felt that Mat disregarded the safety of other people and has not changed his conduct. The judge stated that a community service order and probation were unsuitable in this case.
The defense lawyer claimed that Mat had lost a job opportunity valued at CNY 1 million due to the trial case, but the judge said the actor “caused his own plight.”
The judge stated that the starting point for sentencing was 30 days of jail time. Given the actor’s petition that he was the breadwinner in the household and his salary has been suspended since last December due to inability to film dramas and a movie, the judge reduced the sentence to 18 days of jail time.
Afterwards, Mat appealed and paid a cash bail of CNY 30,000. At 5:39 p.m., Mat and Lisa were seen stepping out of the court house. Approximately 30 reporters were waiting outside and asked the actor whether he felt he had received a fair sentence, but Mat refused to answer and quickly left in his car.
Mat’s Trouble With Drinking
As this was Mat’s second DUI offense, it was expected that the actor would receive a harsher sentence. His drinking habit had already led to several arrests in the past.
In 2005, Mat was arrested for DUI in the Jordan district. He was sentenced to pay a fine, and his license was suspended for a year.
In 2006, the intoxicated actor was arrested for attacking a security guard and later breaking items in a convenience store. At the time, he was sentenced to 150 hours of community service.
In addition, Mat had received speeding tickets and violations for driving while using his mobile phone.
This article was updated on November 5, 2021 to reflect that Mat Yeung has filed for appeal.
This article is written by Jayne for JayneStars.com.