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Teen assailant in police custody 2014.09.29
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A DISGRUNTLED teenager who allegedly stabbed a security guard and two other staff at i-Cable’s (有線寬頻) headquarters remains in Yan Chai Hospital (仁濟醫院) under police custody.

The student surnamed Ng, who was frustrated about an i-Cable contract dispute, had not been charged as last Tuesday night. Police officers are guarding his hospital room and family members are not allowed to visit him.

Ng, who turns 20 on Saturday, is studying for a higher diploma in mechanical engineering at Kowloon Bay Youth College (九龍灣青年學院) under the Vocational Training Council (職業訓練局). Police found various weapons: a sword, a butterfly knife, darts and an extendable baton in his room in the flat he shares with his mother in Lower Wong Tai Sin Estate (黃大仙下.).

The weapons and accessories were believed to have been purchased online through a mainland website and mailed to Hong Kong.

A neighbour said Ng and his mother are close and he was seeking to waive i-Cable service charges for her.

His father died several years ago. Ng and his two sisters moved to Hong Kong in 2003 and his mainland mother followed four years later.

Another neighbour who expressed shock at the incident said he watched Ng grow up to be very polite and obedient to his mother.

A source said Ng’s mother subscribed to i-Cable two years ago. After applying to end the contract last month, she was still charged a service fee of HK$300.

Ng tried to negotiate with the company but in vain, with i-Cable raising the fee to HK$600 because of alleged late payment.

At i-Cable headquarters in Tsuen Wan (荃灣), there was only one security guard at the gate which employees enter using their staff card.

On Monday, Ng demanded to see i-Cable chairman Stephen Ng Tin-hoi (吳天海) to end the contract. When he was stopped by the guard he allegedly charged at him with his knife, wounding him in the struggle.

He then ran upstairs and police found him between the second and third floors.

After an hour-long standoff, he dropped his knife and surrendered.

(The Standard, Qi Luo, 24 September, 2014)

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