Discarded masks row spurs arson-kill threat

Local | Cissy So 26 Mar 2020

An elderly man who allegedly carried alcohol and a lighter as he threatened to immolate himself and his neighbor following an argument over masks was remanded in custody after appearing in West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts yesterday.

Yue Tit-kong, 76, was charged with threatening to destroy property. The court heard that Yue had become resentful over the years of his upstairs neighbor in Lung Mun Oasis, Tuen Mun.

In one instance, they argued over the problem of discarding used masks around the premise.

Yue later went to neighbor Pang Yung-sang's door with some alcohol and a lighter on Sunday, saying that he would die with Pang and his family by burning them all.

After his arrest, he had seven to 10 attacks of diarrhea but he was ignored by the police.

His lawyer complained in court that the police had ignored Yue's poor health until his family and lawyer arrived and requested the police to take Yue to hospital.

"When Yue arrived at the police station after his arrest, the duty officer said that the other police officer was on leave so Yue's statement was not taken immediately," his lawyer said.

Even when Yue arrived at the hospital, the police kept urging him to leave the hospital as soon as possible so his statement could be taken. However, the officer in charge failed to bring Yue's identity card with him, meaning the hospital could not check Yue's medical records and forcing him to be discharged the day after.

As a result, Yue had been detained for four days before appearing in court.

It was also recorded that Yue was 76 years old on the charge sheet, however, his family said he was actually 81.

The case was adjourned till May 20, with Yue refused bail until his next appearance in court.

cissy.so@singtaonewscorp.com

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