Car owner questioned over loaded gun found by boys

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 January, 2003, 12:00am

The owner of an abandoned car in which two schoolboys found a semi-automatic pistol loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition was arrested and was being detained by police for questioning last night.

The 21-year-old is being held on suspicion of possession of arms and ammunition without a licence but no charges have been laid.

The man told police he had only bought the car recently and had not yet registered his ownership.

The two schoolboys, aged 12 and 13, were questioned in relation to the theft and released on $500 bail. They are due to report back to police on Wednesday.

The handgun, a Chinese-made semi-automatic .22 calibre pistol, has been sent for examination by ballistic experts.

As reported in the South China Morning Post yesterday, the two boys, who are on Christmas holidays, had taken the weapon from the abandoned car's boot near Ho Pa Village on Wednesday.

One of them had then taken the loaded gun to his home in Sha Tau Kok to play with it. His mother found him with the weapon the next day.

She seized the gun from her son before picking up his friend and escorting the pair to Sheung Shui Police Station.

One officer said the boy had been lucky not to have fired the gun accidentally and injured himself or someone else.