Dispute over angle of shot that killed Nepali

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 February, 2010, 12:00am

A pathology professor appointed by the family of a Nepali man who died after a policeman shot him in the head on a Ho Man Tin hillside disputes the angle of entry of the bullet.

Beh Swan-lip, clinical associate professor of forensic pathology at the University of Hong Kong, testified in the Coroner's Court yesterday as an expert witness at the inquest into the death of Dil Bahadur Limbu, 30.

Beh said he believed the angle of entry was 25 to 30 degrees further behind the left side of the head than what the government pathologist determined in his report.

According to a diagram that Beh drew in court, the bullet entered from an angle towards the back of Limbu's head on the left side.

In a diagram of government forensic pathologist Chiao Wing-fu's estimations, the bullet entered from the left side of Limbu's head.

Beh was appointed by Limbu's family to examine his body, particularly the bullet wound and injury to the skull, on May 25 last year. Beh's examination was carried out after Chiao's autopsy.

Limbu, 30, died on March 17 last year after being shot in the head on a hillside where he was taking shelter. That day, Constable Hui Ka-ki and his partner arrived after receiving a nuisance complaint from a nearby resident about a loiterer. Hui scuffled with the man before opening fire.

Beh said he could not determine where the bullet hit Limbu's left ear as the ears had been dissected before he conducted his examination.

Beh said he did not disagree with Chiao regarding his examination of Limbu's body or the samples taken during his autopsy. It was only his opinion extrapolated from the evidence that differed.

Chiao said in earlier hearings that Limbu died of a gunshot wound to the head, and he found an abrasion on the man's left forearm, caused by blunt force, and other injuries. Toxicology tests found no traces of drugs in his body.

Hui has said he opened fire only after giving several warnings and using his baton and pepper spray. But neither Beh nor Chiao found traces of pepper spray on Limbu's body.

The inquest continues before Coroner William Ng Sing-wai.