Two may face charges after death of beauty salon patient Chan Yuen-lam

Police seeking legal advice on investigation into salon treatment that killed a woman last year

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 October, 2013, 4:20am

A doctor and a technician may face manslaughter charges over high-risk beauty treatments that left a woman dead and three others seriously ill last year, a police source says.

The Hong Kong Island regional crime unit is said to be seeking legal advice from the Department of Justice on whether there is enough evidence to charge the pair. "We are waiting for a reply from the department," the source said.

Officers were also checking whether Dr Stephen Chow Heung-wing, founder of the DR beauty centre that conducted the procedure on the four women, held any criminal liability.

The revelation came almost a year after Chan Yuen-lam died on October 10 at the age of 46.

She was admitted to hospital after receiving intravenous infusions at DR's Causeway Bay branch for the first time on October 3, and was found to have contracted a rare superbug.

The doctor was involved in the blood transfusion "health therapy" that Chan received at the branch, while the technician worked in a Science Park laboratory in Sha Tin where blood drawn from patients was processed, the source said.

Earlier yesterday, Chan's husband, surnamed Yeung, lamented that the police had yet to conclude their investigation into the beauty centre as the anniversary of her death loomed.

The delay was holding up any possible moves to carry out a prosecution or a Coroner's Court inquiry, Yeung said. "How can my wife rest in peace," he said.

Yeung wrote a letter to top officials, including Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Commissioner of Police Andy Tsang Wai-hung. "Every time I look at my son and daughter, I feel guilty and helpless. What is the truth behind this incident?" He said no one from DR had contacted him or offered an apology.

Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Alice Mak Mei-kuen, who has helped Yeung, said she was alarmed by reports that DR bosses had opened other beauty outlets under a new name.