Hang Seng founder's widow cleared in illegal structure case
The widow of a banking tycoon was cleared of a charge of failing to remove illegal structures at her Causeway Bay property, as the prosecution offered no evidence against her in court yesterday.
The prosecution decided not to pursue the case against Ho Leung Kit-ting, 87, the widow of the late Hang Seng Bank's founder Ho Tim, Eastern Court heard.
Ho Leung was not present, but was represented by a legal team in court yesterday.
The illegal structures - metal frames that supported a cooling tower - were found at Flat C, on the ground floor of 29 Percival Street a property rented by Lok Fok Jewellery and Goldsmith Company Limited.
The Housing Department issued a removal order on June 5, 2009, giving Ho Leung 60 days to remove the structures, but a department inspection on October 3, 2011, found the work was still not done.
A Department of Justice spokeswoman explained that an important witness in the case was unavailable to testify in court in the near future. When the defence side insisted on the witness' presence, prosecutors decided not to go ahead with the trial.
Ho Leung bought the property in 1966 for HK$290,000, according to Land Registry records.