Police to warn triads against revenge attacks after teen dies

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 January, 2010, 12:00am

Police will warn two triad groups not to retaliate and step up patrols after a 15-year-old suspected gang member died in hospital yesterday following an assault on Friday.

The teenager, Ng Fuk-kai, was believed to be part of the Wo On Lok group, also known as Shui Fong.

Ng was with four other teenagers, aged 14 to 18, when they were attacked by a gang of about 15 people outside Lung Chi House, Lower Wong Tai Sin Estate, at 12.15am on Friday.

Police said two glass bottles were used in the attack.

Ng, who had dropped out of school and was unemployed, was punched and kicked after falling to the ground, police said.

He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he remained in a coma with serious liver injuries for three days until he was declared dead at 12.05pm yesterday.

The teenager's four friends suffered minor injuries in the attack and were discharged from hospital after treatment.

Two of the four are suspected Wo On Lok members, police said.

The attack has been linked to an earlier assault in which four suspected 14K triad members were set upon by a Wo On Lok gang on January 4, an officer said.

'There was another clash between two triads late last month, but it was not reported to police,' the officer said.

Ng was among 11 people arrested by police in connection with the assault on January 4, which took place in Ming Fung Street, Wong Tai Sin.

Ng, who lived with his family in Lower Wong Tai Sin Estate, was on bail when the attack took place.

Detectives from Kowloon East regional crime unit arrested four teenage boys, aged 13 to 16, and a 21-year-old man in connection with Friday's attack.

The five suspects were released on bail on Sunday. No charges have been laid and the five are due to report back to police tomorrow.

Detectives are still searching for the other assailants in what is now a murder case, a second officer said.

The officer said members of the two triad gangs would be issued with a stern warning not to retaliate, while patrols would be increased.

There were 1,906 reports of triad-related crimes in the first 10 months of last year, according to police. That was a 5.4 per cent drop from the 2,014 cases in the previous year.