Businessman sues bailiff over goods
A BUSINESSMAN who claims that a large amount of his goods went unrecovered after a bailiff seized possessions from his premises has filed a writ in the Supreme Court.
The bailiff is being sued for being negligent, careless and irresponsible by failing to complete an accurate inventory of the seized goods, according to the writ.
The Attorney-General, the Registrar of the Supreme Court and a bailiff of the District Court, Alfred Ng Shu-ning, were all listed as defendants.
The plaintiff, Joseph Chu Hay-ping, is claiming a total of $315,859 for the loss of the goods, which also caused financial loss and damage to his watch business.
The writ says that on August 22, 1991, Mr Ng, acting on an order of the Lands Tribunal, went to Mr Chu's residence and business premises at Telford Garden, Kowloon Bay, to execute a warrant to recover possessions at the premises.
Ng seized Mr Chu's goods but only 10 items were recorded and there was no mention of any watch accessories in the inventory, it is alleged.
It is claimed about 373 watches, 9,700 pieces of watch bracelet and 20,000 pieces of leather watch straps were not recorded.