Trio arrested leaving flat

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 August, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 August, 1996, 12:00am

Police arrested three mainlanders and seized two shotguns, 48 rounds of ammunition, four pairs of handcuffs and a beef knife in Yau Ma Tei yesterday.

The men were spotted in a 17th-floor flat in Tung On Court by the resident who was returning home with his wife from a karaoke bar at about 6.30 am.

Lam Wah-kwan opened the front door of his flat and saw one of the men reflected in a mirror hiding behind a fridge. He ran downstairs to call police.

The three, whose two-way permits expire today, were arrested as they ran out of the building. No weapons were found on them.

Superintendent Kevin Laurie said the men apparently had keys to the flat and had been waiting for the residents to return.

Police found a bag containing two Chinese-made shotguns, 48 rounds of ammunition, four sets of handcuffs, three handcuff pouches and a 45-centimetre knife in the bedroom of the apartment.

The men, aged between 21 and 24, told police they had come to Hong Kong to collect a debt. Police raided a Woosung Street guesthouse, where the mainlanders stayed.