Nepali widow protests over prolonged inquest

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 March, 2010, 12:00am

An inquest into the death of a Nepali man shot dead by a policeman on a Ho Man Tin hillside has taken twice as long as scheduled, and has been adjourned for a further nine days on an application raised yesterday.

The Coroner's Court began investigating the cause of death of Dil Bahadur Limbu, 30, shot by Constable Hui Ka-ki on March 17 last year, last September.

The inquest has already run to 59 days in court, though it was originally scheduled to last 25 days.

Hui and his partner were deployed to investigate a resident's complaint about a man urinating on a Ho Man Tin hillside. The shooting occurred after Hu arrived at the scene. Hu has told the inquest that Limbu attacked him with a broken chair.

A pathologist has said the bullet penetrated Limbu's left ear and entered the left side of his head, causing severe brain damage. An abrasion on Limbu's left forearm was found to have been caused by a blunt object.

Meanwhile, Limbu's widow, Sony Rai, yesterday read a statement outside the Coroner's Court saying that she would be boycotting the hearing from now on in protest over the prolonged proceedings.

The widow, who came to Hong Kong from Nepal in April last year, has spent almost a year in the city waiting for the hearing into her late husband's death to be concluded.

The chairman of Hong Kong Nepalese Federation, Hem Limbu, said the widow had grown tired with the lengthy proceedings and her eight-year-old daughter had been suffering from asthma since arriving in Hong Kong.

Study arrangements had been provided for the girl with help from the government, Limbu added.

About 50 witnesses have testified in person or by providing statements.

The hearing will has been adjourned to March 24 before Coroner William Ng Sing-wai.