AN eight-year-old boy faces a lonely Lunar New Year away from his family if an urgent court case tomorrow fails to stop the Government from sending him back to the mainland. Lau Kong-yung, whose mother, father and younger brother are allowed to live in Hong Kong, will have no close relatives to look after him if he is removed. He overstayed on his two-way permit and has been detained in a boys' home since giving himself up to immigration officers on February 1. This was two days after a landmark Court of Final Appeal ruling that declared children like him had the right of abode. But he came to Hong Kong without a Certificate of Entitlement and is liable to be sent back under current policy. Solicitor Pam Baker, for Kong-yung and 17 others fighting for the right to stay, said: 'He could be facing the horrible experience of being put on a truck and taken back across the border . . . All this when he could be with his little brother and mum and dad in Hong Kong.' His father is a permanent resident and his mother came here on a one-way permit three years ago. His younger brother was born here. Ms Baker is to lodge a challenge on behalf of all 18 clients at the High Court tomorrow and then go straight before a judge in a bid to prevent them being removed. If the ruling goes against them, an urgent Court of Appeal hearing will be sought tomorrow.