Hong Kong

Coronial Inquests published by the Hong Kong Government.

Mr Mo Kam Tong Stanley v Coroner : Appeal

1. The applicant Mr Mo Kam Tong Stanley is the son of Mr Mo Wai Ming (“Mr Mo”) who passed away on 19 February 2004.  From 23 to 26 May 2005 and on 30 May 2005, the Coroner’s Court conducted an inquest as to the cause of Mr Mo’s death.  On 30 May 2005 the jury returned a unanimous verdict that Mr Mo died of natural causes, namely multiple organ failure arising from cerebral hypoxia.

2. On 24 June 2006 (i.e. more than one year after the aforesaid verdict was given), the applicant applied to the Court of First Instance for leave to seek judicial review of the Coroner’s Court’s verdict.  He sought to have that verdict set aside and a fresh inquest held as to the cause of Mr Mo’s death.


Chief Superintendent Stephen Fung King-man (“Mr Fung”)

This is an appeal from the decision of Reyes J dated 14 June 2007 refusing the applicant’s application for leave to apply for judicial review of the coroner’s decision of 4 October 2006 not to hold an inquest into the death of Chief Superintendent Stephen Fung King-man (“Mr Fung”). At the conclusion of the appeal hearing, judgment was reserved which we now give.


Ms Chinen Akiko

The applicant in this matter is a medical practitioner. On 7 December 2001, while working in a clinic run by Cathay Pacific Airways for the benefit of its staff, the applicant was consulted by Ms Chinen Akiko, an air hostess. The applicant prescribed treatment for what he at the time diagnosed to be a respiratory infection. During the consultation no questions were asked concerning Ms Akiko’s recent travel history. In fact, some two weeks earlier Ms Akiko had been in South Africa and had taken a trip to a game park where she had been bitten by a mosquito.