I was scared but physically and emotionally unharmed, insists Hong Kong kidnap victim
Bossini heiress Queenie Rosita Law thanks parents for their efforts; police vow to catch gang members if they start spending marked notes
Looking solemn, an heiress to the Bossini clothing empire said yesterday she was scared, but physically and emotionally unharmed after a kidnapping ordeal that saw six men escape with HK$28 million in ransom money, as police vowed they would be caught when they started spending the marked bills.
Queenie Rosita Law, granddaughter of late Bossini founder Law Ting-pong, held a brief press conference last night, her first public appearance since being released by her kidnappers on Tuesday night.
Taking to the stage alone in front of a barrage of camera flash bulbs in a ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel in Central, the 29-year-old was grim-faced but calm throughout the three-minute session.
"I want to make use of this press conference to tell everyone that neither my spirit nor my body suffered or sustained any injury because of the kidnap," she said.
"I hope the media will understand that as the police are still investigating the case, there's not much detail I can disclose. I plead for your understanding. I hope friends from the media will give me some room as I was greatly scared by the kidnapping."
She also thanked her parents for their "exhaustive running around".
The kidnap victim is the youngest daughter of the sixth and youngest son of the late Bossini founder. She works in a production house.
She was abducted on Saturday when the gang broke into her luxury home on Clear Water Bay Road, Sai Kung, and escaped with more than HK$2 million in cash and valuables.
The kidnappers abandoned her on a hillside in Fei Ngo Shan, part of Ma On Shan Country Park, after collecting HK$28 million in ransom from her father, Raymond Law Ka-kui.
Hundreds of police officers continued their manhunt for the six kidnappers, all believed to be mainland Chinese, in Tai Po last night. They had stayed in an abandoned hut used as their hideout on a hillside near Chek Nai Ping in Tai Po, according to a police source.
"But they had left before we moved in," said the source, who would not reveal whether police were led there by signals from tracking devices hidden in 28 bags carrying the ransom money that was handed over to the Putonghua-speaking gang.
"We also recorded the serial numbers of some banknotes used as ransom for the release of the victim," he said. "They will be caught if they use the marked money."
Police believe the six men were members of a professional burglary gang who were familiar with the area around Fei Ngo Shan, also known as Kowloon Peak.
"We think it was a burglary case originally. The gang found the woman in the house and they also abducted her," the source said.
The massive manhunt that began on Tuesday night has so far been fruitless.