Teen detective accused of taking post from people he was investigating

Defence lawyer tells court charge of diversion of postal packets is unprecedented

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 3:43pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 3:43pm

A teenage private detective has appeared in court accused of taking the post of people he was investigating.

Tong Ka-on, 19, took letters addressed to three women from the postbox of a building on Boundary Street in Kowloon on November 27, the Kowloon City Court heard today.

Tong pleaded not guilty to the charge of diversion of postal packets, an offence under the Post Office Ordinance.

Prosecutor Ross Yu added an alternative charge of unlawful possession of postal packets, which Tong also denied.

Defence counsel Shu Wun Lee, who told the court he could not find any precedent of prosecutions under the first charge, asked for the trial to be adjourned for six weeks.

He said he would negotiate with the Department of Justice in the mean time and seek to resolve the case without a trial.

Deputy Magistrate Rita So Ka-yin adjourned the case to April 8. Tong remains on bail of $500.