Hong Kong courts

Suspected Hong Kong dog killer denied bail

Animal was thrown from the roof of building in Cheung Sha Wan

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 April, 2018, 6:12pm
UPDATED : Friday, 06 April, 2018, 11:10pm

A young Hong Kong man accused of killing a dog by throwing it from the roof of a high-rise building was denied bail by a court on Friday.

Prosecutors at West Kowloon Court alleged that Hugo Ho Tsz-kwan, 23, cruelly ill-treated the Japanese spitz and caused it unnecessary suffering by throwing it from the 23-storey Cheung Fai Building in Cheung Sha Wan on April 4, killing it.

The thin man with shoulder-length hair stood hunched in the dock, one hand in his pocket, as a court clerk read out the charge of cruelty to animals against him.

The offence is punishable by a HK$200,000 fine and three years’ imprisonment. 

Ho was not required to make a plea on his first court appearance. 

Asked if he understood the charge, he briefly pulled up the scarf around his neck to cover his mouth, before lowering it again. 

“Understood,” he replied.

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His lawyer applied for bail, but magistrate Ada Yim Shun-yee sided with prosecutors who opposed the application. 

Yim adjourned the case for six weeks to May 18, pending further inquiries and legal advice.

But Ho is expected to return to the same court on April 13 for a bail review application.

“You may also apply for bail through the Court of First Instance,” the magistrate said.