Man hit on head by golf ball seeks HK$10m

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, 12:00am

A member at one of the city's most exclusive golf clubs is asking for more than HK$10 million in damages after a company chief executive's wayward tee shot left him with permanent brain injuries, his lawyer confirmed yesterday.

The lion's share of any damages award would pay for Alan Deakins' continuing medical expenses following the accident at the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club in December 2006, solicitor Damien Laracy said after a hearing yesterday.

Last year, Mr Deakins filed a lawsuit against Humphrey Leung Kwong-wai, the chief executive of microchip design company Solomon Systech. Mr Deakins, who was an information technology specialist, said he was hit on the head by a ball Mr Leung launched from the 14th tee.

Mr Leung, who has disputed claims that he pay damages, received a Young Industrialists Award in 2001.

The legal claim initially asked for unspecified damages, but the figure was now 'in excess' of HK$10 million, Mr Laracy said yesterday. Among other ailments, Mr Deakins suffered from tinnitus, a condition marked by ringing in one's ears.

'Mr Deakins' medical treatment is not cheap,' his solicitor said. 'I'm afraid his life is ruined. He cannot work and will never work again. It's very sad.' The case was expected to go to trial in the latter half of next year.

In 1999, the Court of First Instance awarded almost HK$89,000 to a caddie at the Hong Kong Golf Club who was struck in the mouth by a shot from a golfer she was helping.