Inspector adds $98,000 to $17m to cover costs of incontinence An inspector who was shot and seriously injured in a raid 13 years ago has increased the amount he is seeking in damages to pay for the diapers he is now forced to wear. Hylas Chung, counsel for Chan Sze-ki, submitted to court yesterday his client's additional claim of $98,331 on top of the original $17,473,280, based on the assumption that Inspector Chan would need to wear three diapers a day over the next 20 years. Inspector Chan, 41, is seeking damages from the commissioner of police and a former superintendent. He was shot during a raid on a building in Li Tak Street, Tai Kok Tsui, on April 24, 1992, by a member of the gang who had robbed the Chow Sang Sang Jewellery in Mongkok the day before. Inspector Chan has been suffering from incontinence, loss of sense of taste and smell and short-term memory impairment. He has undergone several brain operations in recent years because of the problems caused by the bullet wound in his skull. During cross-examination this week he frequently had to excuse himself to go to the washroom. Mr Chung accused Trevor John Oakes, the then superintendent who led the raid, of negligence for instructing the inspector to knock on the door of the gangsters' premises even after he was told that one officer had heard the sound of a gun being cocked inside. The gangsters, armed with assault rifles, hand guns and grenades, 'fired their way' out of the building, injuring police officers and civilians, the counsel said. Inspector Chan, who was leading a team of more than 10 officers, was shot in the nose by robber Fung Wai-hon, who is serving a life sentence. But when giving evidence, Mr Oakes said the scenario they faced that day was totally beyond their expectations. He said that throughout his career, there had been only two cases - including the Li Tak Street case - where gangsters in such a situation had been armed with assault rifles. 'The fact is I had underestimated the situation. But I do not think any reasonable person could estimate the situation,' he said. Asked by Mr Chung whether his instruction to close the entrance gate of the block to contain the gangsters was sensible in light of the potential danger to the officers and civilians trapped inside, the retired superintendent said the decision was 'the lesser of two evils' when compared with the risk of exposing the public to danger. The hearing before Mr Justice Azizul Suffiad was adjourned until April 21.