Unemployed mainland resident in Hong Kong court for robbery that cost British banker and wife HK$50,000 in cash and valuables

Defendant accused of breaking into Repulse Bay flat still sporting bandage

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 August, 2016, 3:39pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 August, 2016, 10:38pm

An unemployed two-way permit holder accused of robbing a British banker and his wife of more than HK$50,000 in cash and valuables from their Repulse Bay flat this week was remanded in custody by a Hong Kong court.

Ye Hong, 36, was not required to make a plea on one count of robbery at his first court appearance before magistrate Jason Wan Siu-ming at Eastern Court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors alleged the Sichuan resident, still sporting a bandage on his forehead, broke into the flat of Giles Richard Winstone Scott and Natalia Marianna Scott at Villa Helvetia on Repulse Bay Road on Monday.

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Among the valuables he purportedly stole were a pair of gold earrings valued at HK$15,000, a gold necklace with a butterfly-shaped pendant valued at HK$10,000, and an iPhone 6 Plus valued at HK$7,888.

He was also said to have robbed the pair of HK$3,000 in cash and other currencies including Swiss francs, South African rand and North Korean won.

The total value of what was taken exceeded HK$50,000.

Ye said through an interpreter that he understood the robbery charge. He did not apply for bail.

The case is to return to court on September 21, pending legal advice.