Lamma ferry manslaughter case adjourned until June
The manslaughter case of the two coxswains involved in a deadly Lamma ferry collision in October has been adjourned until next month.
Chow Chi-wai, coxswain of Lamma IV, and Lai Sai-ming, coxswain of Sea Smooth, faced 39 counts of manslaughter charges and appeared in Eastern Court on Thursday.
Prosecution applied to adjourn the case until June 14, pending legal documents for transferring the case to high court.
Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai approved the application, and reminded the defendants they could ask for a preliminary trial next time, before they enter their plea.
The pair was granted bail.
Hongkong Electric’s Lamma IV collided with Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry’s Sea Smooth on October 1 off Lamma Island when it took the power company staff and families to see the National Day firework display. Thirty nine people, including eight children, died.