Father sues after dog attack

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 July, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 July, 1998, 12:00am

A little Western girl was bitten on the face by a dog because a sign warning 'beware of ferocious dog' was not translated into English, a High Court writ says.

The animal's owner then prolonged the girl's suffering by refusing to let anyone use his shop telephone to call for help.

The attack is said to have left Jessica Joy Martyn, 6, physically and psychologically scarred.

Her father, Edward Glynn Selwyn Martyn, is suing Wong Moon-kwan on his daughter's behalf.

Mr Wong, who owns and operates a boat-hiring business, kept his chow guard dog in a wooden hut beside the public walk connecting Deep Water Bay to Repulse Bay.

On January 14, 1996, Jessica was walking past the hut when the animal suddenly poked its head over a makeshift wooden barrier in the doorway and bit her face and nose, the writ says.

She cried out with pain, her face bleeding profusely.

Her anguish was worsened by Mr Wong's refusal to allow her companions to use his phone to summon help, the document claims.

Eventually, Jessica was taken to hospital and received 37 stitches in her face.

The procedure left her with 'very visible' scars.

A sign near the door bore six Chinese characters: 'Careful, beware of ferocious dog'. Mr Wong neglected to translate the warning, even though Deep Water Bay was 'regularly visited by foreigners', the writ said.