Hong Kong shooting: woman accused of gunning down elderly relatives in park ‘found with knives and stash of ammunition’
Details of weapons emerge as Ada Tsim appears in court charged with killing her 80-year-old aunt and 62-year-old uncle and wounding two others
The Hong Kong woman accused of gunning down four elderly relatives, killing two, was caught carrying a set of knives and a large stash of ammunition for her handgun, a court heard on Thursday.
Prosecutors said police also found a collection of knives in the backpack Ada Tsim Sum-kit was carrying.
Tsim, 44, was at Eastern Court for the first time, to face charges over the shooting in the middle-class neighbourhood of Taikoo Shing on Tuesday.
Lawyers told the court on Thursday that police found two knives and a paper cutter inside Tsim’s backpack upon her arrest, just after she allegedly shot her uncles and aunts in Quarry Bay Park.
Officers also found a handgun loaded with five rounds in her pocket. In another pocket were 41 rounds, the prosecutors said.
Stood in the dock wearing a bright orange jacket, Tsim heard that she stood accused of two counts of murder and two counts of shooting with intent.
“I understand,” the short-haired defendant replied.
Prosecutors asked for more time for further police investigations, including DNA tests and analysis of the gun.
Principal Magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen adjourned the case to September 20.
He told Tsim he had no power to grant bail to a defendant accused of murder, so she would have to take any bail application to the Court of First Instance. The woman was remanded in custody.
Tsim is accused of killing her aunt Jim Siu-fan, 80, and her uncle, Chim Chun-ki, 62, on June 26. She is also charged with two counts of shooting with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to Jim Chin-kui, 72, her other uncle, and her 60-year-old aunt Jim Siu-wai.
Chim suffered a gunshot wound to the head and died in hospital on Wednesday. His 80-year-old sister died the previous evening.
The condition of the 72-year-old uncle had improved from critical to serious by Thursday, while his 60-year-old sister, who was shot in the left shoulder, was in a stable condition.
On Wednesday, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu expressed concern over the case, and in particular the use of a firearm.
“Police will do a very thorough and serious investigation into the case. I have also asked police to look at the smuggling of firearms into Hong Kong and see whether there are things we need to follow up,” he said.
At the same time, the minister stressed existing gun laws were already very strict, and both immigration and customs officers had been taking strong enforcement action to combat gun smuggling.
“So collectively, the law enforcement agencies exercise strict controls on the inflow of firearms into Hong Kong,” Lee said.
The four siblings were shot during a meeting with Tsim in the park at about 3pm on Tuesday. After the shooting, their niece was intercepted by a security guard – a retired policeman – in nearby Cityplaza Four before officers from the police counterterrorism unit arrived.
Chief Inspector Hui Kong-kit of the Hong Kong Island regional crime unit said on Tuesday that at least four shots were fired in the incident.