Broken Tooth

Lurid testimony undermines triad chief's battle to stay in Canada

The funeral of 14K triad Shek Wing-cheong on Taipa Island in 1997. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Triad leader Lai Tong Sang faces an uphill battle to retain Canadian residency after three days of incriminating testimony at an immigration hearing this week. It included claims that he ordered the murder of arch-rival "Broken Tooth" Wan Kuok-koi and a top lieutenant.

Saturday, 2 March, 2013, 2:45am

Macau triad kingpin faces expulsion from Canada after wiretap exposé

Lai Tong Sang

Now the Canadian government wants to expel the onetime head of the Wo On Lok triad and his family, 17 years after an immigration blunder allowed him to flee to Vancouver and bring his gang war to the city with him.

2 Mar 2013 - 2:44am

How Macau's gang war spilled over to Vancouver

Wan Kuok-koi, better known as 'Broken Tooth Koi'. Photo: Edward Wong

But on a summer's night in 1997 those worlds collided when triad gunmen sprayed a luxury home on the Canadian city's east side with bullets. The owner of the home and apparent target, Lai Tong Sang, was not hurt.

2 Mar 2013 - 2:45am

Notorious gangster 'Broken Tooth' freed from prison in Macau

"Broken Tooth" Wan Kuok-koi leaves Coloane Prison in the back of a car yesterday with a glare for the media pack. Photo: Edward Wong

"Broken Tooth" Wan Kuok-koi walked free from jail yesterday with the swagger of the notorious gangster he once was.

He may have declared his life of crime is over, but on his release from Coloane's maximum security prison there was no disguising the fact that he still wields plenty of power.

2 Dec 2012 - 3:19am 2 comments

Macau unworried by return of Broken Tooth from jail

The ex-triad leader appears. Photo: Edward Wong

Triads in Macau now earn rich pickings from the city's casinos instead of robbing the public. And with Beijing in charge, the public disorder that dogged the then Portuguese enclave before the 1999 handover is unlikely to be seen again.

So say a Macau politician and a businessman whose trade was badly affected by pre-handover criminality.

2 Dec 2012 - 6:28am

Gangster 'Broken Tooth' Wan Kuok-koi wants quiet post-prison life

'Broken Tooth' Wan Kuok-koi

It's a tall order, but on his release from Coloane's maximum-security prison today, Macau's most notorious gangster wants one thing - to be forgotten.

1 Dec 2012 - 12:13pm

Broken Tooth a living reminder of Macau’s vicious past

Wan Kuok-koi on his way to court in Macau in 1998. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The release from jail next month of a triad boss known as Broken Tooth is fuelling speculation that the Chinese gambling playground of Macau could be on the verge of a return to the vicious gang violence of its colonial past.

26 Nov 2012 - 1:19pm