Financial security pledged for hero shot by robber

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 May, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 May, 1996, 12:00am

Disabled robbery hero Yeung Hoi-keung has been promised an ex-gratia payment guaranteeing a stable living for his family.

The Deputy Secretary for Security, Carrie Yau Tsang Ka-lai, said yesterday after visiting Mr Yeung in hospital that the Government would work out a reasonable amount for the payment within two months.

'We will take into consideration the estimated expenditure on the family's living, children's schooling and medical care after Mr Yeung has returned from hospital,' Mrs Yau said.

'We hope the amount will ensure the family has a stable life in the future.' Mr Yeung, 39, had his spine shattered by a bullet while chasing a robber in 1989. He recently received a gallantry award from the Governor, Chris Patten, for his conduct.

An inter-departmental working group, chaired by Mrs Yau, has been set up to decide on the level of his ex-gratia payment.

Mrs Yau said they would consider carefully the unprecedented case from the taxpayers' view point, but also bear in mind they were deciding on compensation for a hero.

Mr Yeung said he was pleased with the meeting, and would like to receive the payment in a lump sum after discussing with his wife.

Meanwhile, the Social Welfare Department has said it will reply to Mr Yeung within a month on his appeal for the waiver of repayment of more than $140,000 given him after he suffered his injury.