Hong Kong woman accused of leading son on Sham Shui Po robberies is denied bail
- Chau Oi-sau was charged on Christmas Day with aiding and abetting her son and five other boys to rob
A construction worker accused of aiding and abetting her son and five other boys to rob two women in Sham Shui Po was denied bail by a Hong Kong court on Wednesday.
Chau Oi-sau, 47, applied for bail at her first court appearance after she was charged on Christmas Day with two counts of aiding and abetting robbery.
But Magistrate Lam Tsz-kan rejected her application after siding with prosecutors, who voiced objections.
Eastern Court heard Chau was accused of aiding and abetting her son and his three friends to rob Lu Zeju of HK$8,000 (US$1,020) and 500 yuan (US$73) in Fuk Wa Street on December 16.
She was further accused of aiding and abetting two of her son’s friends and three other boys to rob He Qiong at Pei Ho Street on December 17. But that robbery was unsuccessful.
On Wednesday Chau was brought to court for the first time, sporting a pixie cut and a black bomber jacket.
She was not required to make a plea before the magistrate.
When asked if she understood the allegations, she began to explain: “I don’t know ...”
But the court did not hear the rest of her reply as her lawyer interrupted and stopped her from speaking.
The case was adjourned for six weeks to February 8, pending further police investigations.
Prosecutors said they would need more time for fingerprint matching and DNA analysis.
Chau will return to court on January 3 to renew her bail application. She will appear at West Kowloon Court.
Aiding and abetting robbery carries the same maximum sentence as robbery – life imprisonment.