Arrest over old handcuffs find

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 June, 2009, 12:00am

A 73-year-old father was arrested yesterday after his 12-year-old daughter accidentally trapped herself with a pair of handcuffs he had kept in a drawer and his wife called police.

The man, who told police he had picked up the handcuffs in the street several years earlier, was arrested for possessing an offensive weapon and released on bail.

The girl, youngest in a family of five, found the handcuffs when her mother asked her to get a screwdriver from a drawer, and started playing with them.

A police investigator said: 'One of the rings handcuffed her right hand. She shouted for help when she was unable to unlock it.' At the time, her father was asleep in the same bedroom of their flat in Ching Yung House, Cheung Ching Estate, Tsing Yi.

Unable to find a key or open the cuff, her mother called police shortly after midnight. The girl was taken to Tsing Yi police station where officers were also unable to unlock it. She was eventually freed at about 3.30am when firefighters broke the cuff.

A police spokesman said the girl was unhurt, but she later burst into tears on hearing that her father had been arrested.

He was released on bail of HK$500 without any charge being laid and ordered to report back to police on July 10.

Officers are trying to find out where the handcuffs came from.

Handcuffs are classified as an offensive weapon as they can be used for an unlawful purpose.