Lantau cow deaths: Prosecution’s own witness contradicts case, says defence lawyer

Previous testimony on lack of vehicle damage cited in final submission

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 May, 2014, 3:13pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 May, 2014, 4:15pm


The defence lawyer in a case involving the deaths of a group of feral cows on a Lantau road, said today that the prosecutor’s own witness contradicted their case, Tsuen Wan court heard.

“Their own witness contradicts and conflicts with their case,” said defence counsel William Allan in his final submission.

The prosecution’s first witness was a pilot who found the injured cows lying on South Lantau Road at around 3am on June 5. He testified earlier that the private car allegedly involved in the incident was too small to have caused the cow’s injuries.

Steven Quilkey, who came across the animals and called police, previously told the court that it would have taken a truck or a tank to have caused the injuries to the cows.

He said the car suspected of hitting the eight animals could not have emerged with just small dents unless it had machine guns in front.

Sarah Wilson, 49, a British engineer, has pleaded not guilty to failing to submit a police form reporting the accident within 21 days.

Wilson was arrested on June 5 last year after police found her car in a parking area in Tong Fuk village and suspected that it was related to the cows’ deaths as it was damaged and had cow hair on its bumper.

The hearing continues before magistrate Raymond Wong Kwok-fai.