Barking dog drives son of Hong Kong political heavyweight to seek injunction

Troubles escalated when it entered roof of flat without consent

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 August, 2017, 7:03am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 August, 2017, 7:03am

The son of Hong Kong political heavyweight Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai is seeking an injunction order from court to restrain his neighbour’s dog from barking and entering his premises.

In a writ filed at the District Court, Andrew Fan Chun-wah said the dog’s loud, frequent and prolonged barking at unreasonable times brought undue and real interference with his comfortable and convenient enjoyment of his Tai Po flat since it moved in next door last year.

His troubles escalated in March when the dog trespassed on his roof without his consent, which he said caused great shock and distress to his domestic helper who has since avoided doing work there for fear of encountering the animal.

Fan said his neighbour, Hui Nam-keung, had failed to take reasonable steps to end the nuisance even after he complained to the estate management in April and issued a letter through his solicitors the following month demanding it to stop.

He now sought an injunction order to restrain Hui from “creating, adopting continuing or otherwise permitting any nuisance in the form of dog barking” or permitting the dog to enter any part of his flat without his consent.

Fan was also seeking an unspecified sum of damages to compensate his distress and annoyance, the deprivation of his right to quiet enjoyment of his flat, and his flat’s diminished value.