Lockout at school 'left head shocked'
An international school head who was in merger talks with the Pegasus school in Kwun Tong was appalled when staff were locked out even before a deal had been reached, the District Court heard yesterday.
Pei Chen Chi-kuen, 72, supervisor of the Sear Rogers International School, testified yesterday as a prosecution witness against Carman Liang Shuk-ching, 46, who is accused of cheating two parents out of HK$450,000 in loans. Liang allegedly falsely told parents that Pegasus needed the cash in the summer of 2007 to secure the merger.
Liang was a supervisor of the Pegasus Philip Wong Kin Hang Christian Primary School, whose sponsoring body is the Pegasus Social Service Christian Organisation.
Pei said Liang initiated the idea in 2007 of merging the schools, but was shocked soon after she started sharing her office to find the Pegasus supervisor had changed the locks, preventing her entry, as Liang 'had personal things inside'.
Pei encountered more 'unhappy incidents' when Liang changed all the international school's locks one day, preventing staff from entering.
This led to Pei ending merger talks with Liang in September 2007.
Pei also said a formal merger proposal was not provided until late August 2007. She was shocked to see it suggested the international school's premises in Tsuen Wan would be sold to Liang for HK$1, instead of the agreed HK$50 million. Yet she accepted Liang's explanation that it might be a mistake by the lawyer.
The trial continues today.