Kemal Bokhary

Furious foreman lashes officials

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 January, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 January, 1996, 12:00am


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A FURIOUS building foreman railed against the Legal Aid Department for two hours, blaming it for a wrecked marriage, reputation, kidneys and career.

His rambling monologue centred on his divorce proceedings and was peppered with accusations.

He accused the Government of falsely labelling him an adulterer, then announced: 'I may not know English, but I do know construction regulations.' Ching Bing-fu, 59, has demanded $1.5 million in damages for 'threats and intimidation' he claims were meted out by barrister Neal Clough and the Legal Aid Department. Mr Clough represented Mr Ching's wife during their divorce proceedings from 1988 to 1990.

Mr Ching said the lawyer had clearly made a mistake at the Family Court hearing because the judge had appeared to scold him.

But Mr Ching had no way of knowing what the judge actually said as he only speaks Shanghainese.

The length of the proceedings had 'destroyed his career' by keeping him from his job in China, he said.

Mr Ching added he suffered from kidney disease, but was too busy fighting court battles to treat it.

Mr Justice Bokhary, Mr Justice Liu and Mr Justice Ching reserved judgment.

Keith Wingrade, for Mr Clough and the Legal Aid Department, applied to have the case thrown out.