Constable who shot dead burglar tells inquiry he feared for his life

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 October, 2007, 12:00am

A police constable testified yesterday that he had shot dead a convicted burglar and rapist because he thought his life was in danger after the man chopped him on the head.

Cheung Mah-yuk, who has two deep scars on top of his skull, told an inquest into the death of Sun Sheung-chung that he fired two shots when Sun kept lunging at him after inflicting the head wounds.

Sun, 47, died after being shot in the neck and chest in Tin Shui Wai in the early hours of January 4.

The coroner's court heard that police were on an anti-burglary patrol at Shek Po village when they found Sun counting money beside the main road in the village. Sun fled on a bicycle and Constable Cheung, who was also cycling, gave chase. Sun dumped his bicycle and jumped into bushes and the constable followed. When Constable Cheung caught up, Sun started to throw punches and brandished a chopper.

'He turned around and hacked the top of my head,' the policeman said. 'I couldn't fend off the attack and he chopped twice.'

Constable Cheung pointed his revolver at Sun, but he attacked again, cutting the finger of the policeman, who fired twice.

He said he had fired because he felt his life was in danger and believed Sun aimed to kill him.

The court heard that Sun had been convicted of many offences.

The inquest continues today.