Courtroom halt on gory facts
A thoughtful judge interrupted a case yesterday to ensure his staff were not upset by tales of mutilation and crushed limbs.
A 28-year-old factory worker who lost his forearm is suing his own father for $2.5 million.
Pang Wai-chung was working in his father's Kwun Tong factory in December 1987 when a rubber cutting machine crushed his arm so badly that it could not be saved.
The judge interrupted lawyer Andrew Cheung Kui-nung's account of the accident to find out if the story was upsetting anyone in the High Court.
'If any of my staff feels discomfort they should let me know immediately,' Mr Justice Peter Cheung Chak-yau said.
'The injury was so serious it was amputated below the elbow,' Mr Cheung told the court.
Mr Pang was unable to continue his factory work, but a year later he managed to get a job as a messenger at the Hong Kong Baptist Hospital.
He was in court to fight for earnings lost during his period of unemployment. He also needs money for a special artificial arm.
The prosthetic limb contains electronic sensors and is controlled by the muscles in the remaining stump of his forearm.
When activated, the fingers open and close and the wrist rotates.
Each device costs almost $70,000 and only lasts for about four years.
'The one which Mr Pang has used in the past broke down,' said Mr Cheung. 'And because of a lack of funds he has been unable to replace it.' Mr Justice Cheung reserved his judgment on the assessment of damages.