Firm on manslaughter summons

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 January, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 January, 1994, 12:00am

A COMPANY appeared in court yesterday to face the territory's first corporate manslaughter summons, following the deaths of 12 workers in a Quarry Bay hoist plunge last June.

No pleas were taken in the Eastern Court from Ajax Engineers and Surveyors Ltd, of Kowloon Bay.

The company - which was responsible for the inspection of the hoist - faces a summons over the death of Fung Ka-hong, 16, at a construction site in Java Road. Fung was the youngest of the 12 workers who died when a hoist in which they were travelling plunged 17 floors on June 2.

Apart from counsel Tim Kwok, one of the company's directors appeared in court on behalf of the firm.

Also in court were site engineer Jackson Tam Ping-cheong, 36, electrical workers Kwong Tim-yau, 42, and Hui King-leung, 48, and salesman Wong Hon-sang, 23, who each face separate counts of manslaughter.

Prosecutor Caroline Ravenscroft applied to adjourn the two cases to allow time to obtain further evidence and to prepare committal papers.

Magistrate Jonathan Acton-Bond granted the applications and adjourned the cases until February 17.

The four defendants each had their bail extended at $50,000.