Bonnie Gokson is merely the latest victim in the recent spate of robberies and break-ins at the homes of the rich and famous. Targets have included tycoon Li Ka-shing, media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, socialite Chau Kai-bong and vice-chairman of the Preparatory Committee Simon Li Fook-sean. Last month burglars broke into The Peak home of Swire Pacific chairman Peter Sutch, but fled empty-handed after ransacking two rooms. Former Legislative Council chairman Sir John Swaine was not so lucky. He and his wife Gwen were tied up by six robbers, who stole $40,000 from their Tolo Harbour home. The April robbery followed an almost identical attack on Hong Kong Polytechnic University Professor Michael Ashton at his isolated Sha Tin Heights villa. The gang made off with a haul of gold and jewellery. In both cases victims were bound with their ties. The raids came two months after Mr Simon Li lost valuables worth $3.25 million when his Jardine's Lookout home was the target for burglars. Last December Mr Lai, founder of Apple Daily, was attacked by a gang armed with knives and tools during a $2 million raid at his Cheung Sha Wan home. The former Giordano boss, his wife Teresa, who was pregnant at the time, and his 14-year-old son from a previous marriage were tied up while the gang of robbers ransacked the luxury property. In September Brenda and Kai-bong Chau were dragged from their bed by a gang of robbers who made off with $5 million in jewellery and cash. The five threatened to kill the celebrity couple before tying them up with tape and ransacking Villa D'Oro, their Mount Davis Road home. Two years ago former High Court judge Mr Justice Nicholas Barnett was attacked when two robbers burst into Shouson Hill house, tied him up and took $2,000. But most curious was the botched raid on the chairman of Cheung Kong (Holdings), Mr Li Ka-shing's Deep Water Bay mansion in December 1993. Printer Yu Jian-wei, 25, told police he was trying to steal $300,000 because he was convinced he was about to die from venereal disease. Malicious colleagues had persuaded him that his syphilis was fatal, and that he should leave Hong Kong. Yu, overpowered by staff, was jailed for 61/2 years.