Guard hurt as men help Viet escape from hospital

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 March, 1996, 12:00am

THREE men injured a female Correctional Services Department guard while helping a Vietnamese woman escape from Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday.

Pham Thi Toan, 22, held in Whitehead Detention Centre with her two-year-old daughter, had been admitted to the hospital for observation.

The Correctional Services Department believe the escape was arranged by her husband, who escaped from the detention centre in October.

The three men arrived at the 10th-floor ward of Block C about 3 am.

One acted as a lookout at the entrance while the other two helped the Vietnamese woman to escape after snatching a two-way radio from the guard.

The guard recieved minor injuries in a scuffle when she gave chase.

Ms Toan arrived in Hong Kong from Ho Chi Min City in 1989.