Doctor seeks to evict his parents

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 August, 2011, 12:00am


A medical doctor who reported his father to police for criminal intimidation has now sought a court order to expel his parents' from their home in Lam Tin .

The case is the latest twist in the four-year battle between Dr Lam Chuen-lung and his parents following his father's conviction on a charge of criminal intimidation for confronting his son with a knife at his son's clinic in Lam Tin.

In June last year the father, Lam Sing-yin, 69, was given a five-month suspended jail term in Kwun Tong Court after his son reported the matter to police.

Lam Chuen-lung, who owns dozens of properties in Lam Tin, has now filed a writ in the High Court seeking an order compelling his mother, Tse Hau-woon, to vacate their co-owned flat at Sceneway Garden, Lam Tin.

Lam Chuen-lung claims the flat was bought entirely with his own money and has also asked the court to grant an order of sale for the flat, with all proceeds going to himself.

According to the writ, the doctor bought the flat for HK$4.2 million in 1998 with the help of HK$1.2 million he borrowed from his father.

He claimed that he had added his mother's name to the deed to make it easier to obtain a mortgage.

He said that his relationship with his parents deteriorated in 2007 and between 2008 and 2009 he had to call the police on 12 occasions when his parents caused 'disturbances' at his clinic. He also wrote that his mother held the flat on his behalf and had 'contributed nothing' to the expenses and mortgage repayments. He had repaid the money to his father in full, the papers read.

'Given the poor relationship with [his mother], [Lam] no longer wishes to be locked in this co-ownership of the property with [her],' the document states.

However, in an interview with the South China Morning Post yesterday the father said his son had never paid back the loan for buying the flat.

'Money can make people so ugly,' said the father.

The couple denied their son's allegation that they had refused to give him access to the flat by changing the lock or that they had turned down his requests for a key.

They said they had merely forgotten to give him a key after changing a worn-out lock in July.

When they offered to give him the key, he did not pick it up and went on to find someone to lock the flat with chains.

The couple had to get a locksmith to break the chains, while their son's representative filmed the incident.

The couple have one daughter and six sons, of whom Lam Chuen-lung is the eldest.

'Our other children don't know anything [about the dispute]. They don't know that I lent him [Lam Chuen-lung] money,' the father said.

'We didn't want the other children to think we were playing favourites because he is the eldest son.'