Shooting raises questions

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 September, 2009, 12:00am

A lawyer has cast doubt over a police officer's story over why he shot and killed a Nepalese man. Constable Hui Ka-ki told a court he used a full bottle of pepper spray on Dil Bahadur Limbu, but doctors who examined the body did not find any trace of the spray on his face or hands.


Hui shot and killed 30-year-old local resident Limbu in Ho Man Tin on March 17.

Hui was responding to a woman living nearby who complained about Limbu.

Limbu was homeless and living on a slope at the time.

Hui said Limbu was aggressive. He said he used a whole pepper spray bottle on Limbu. He said Limbu tried to attack him with a wooden chair leg. Hui said he panicked and fell into a ditch where he fired two shots.

The killing has raised questions about police conduct and relations with ethnic minorities.

A Limbu family lawyer also said Hui used his gun too much. He said there were five cases where Hui used his firearm unnecessarily.