Daughter stole savings of father, 89

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 May, 2011, 12:00am

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A nurse who stole 330,500 yuan (HK$395,500) from her 89-year-old father and then claimed she did it to safeguard his savings was behind bars last night.

Hui Wai-fong, 49, said she put the money into her own account because she was worried that her brothers would use up their father's savings.

In Eastern Court, Acting Deputy Magistrate Yu Cheuk-man said Hui was dishonest as she put the sum into a time deposit account and treated it as though it was her own. 'Even if he had said that the money was for his funeral, it was still his money,' Yu said. 'He can still choose how to use it while he is alive.'

Yu adjourned sentencing to May 20 for a background report and remanded Hui in custody.

Hui's father, Hue Kwan-chuen, testified earlier that he had no intention of giving the money to his children. He had demanded that Hui return it but she refused.

Yu said a note admitted as evidence, which purportedly showed the existence of a trust, merely demonstrated Hui's agreement with her three siblings on how to share their father's money.

He rejected an argument by her lawyer, Victor Chiu King-hung, that she was not dishonest and was protecting trust property.

The sum was the proceeds from the sale of a property owned by Hue's ex-wife and his own savings and was in a joint account under the names of Hue, Hui and her brother, Hui Hon-kee. In March, Hue told Hui Wai-fong to put the money in a joint account under her name and Hui Hon-kee's name, but she held it in her account.