Date
20 July 2017
Leung Ka-lok (inset) is rearrested after escaping from police custody during a visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Wednesday. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily
Leung Ka-lok (inset) is rearrested after escaping from police custody during a visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Wednesday. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

18-year-old inmate does a Houdini to escape police custody

Police will conduct a review of security procedures in escorting inmates after an 18-year-old prisoner did a “Houdini act” to escape from his two police guards during a visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei on Wednesday.

Leung Ka-lok, who is facing trial over an alleged acid attack, slipped out of the handcuffs and chains put on him and outran his police escorts, Apple Daily reported on Thursday.

He was rearrested at a friend’s home in Chai Wan after a police manhunt that lasted more than 10 hours.

Leung, a detainee at the Wong Tai Sin police station, was taken to the hospital after he complained of feeling unwell on Wednesday morning.

While waiting at the hospital’s accident and emergency department at around 6 a.m., Leung asked for a blanket as he said he was feeling cold.

Underneath the blanket, Leung slipped his hands out of the handcuffs and removed the chain around his waist the same way he would take his pants off. All along his police escorts were unaware of what he was doing.

Leung then broke away from the two officers, threw away the handcuffs and chain, dashed to the hospital carpark, and fled to Wylie Road. 

Police were only able to retrieve a black T-shirt Leung left on the floor.

This was not the first time Leung had been to the hospital; he had asked to be taken there on Sunday.

At around 4 p.m., police arrested Leung at the home of a 23-year-old man surnamed Yau in Chai Wan.

Police said the inmate’s escape was a serious matter and will be investigated thoroughly.

Leung’s police escorts may face disciplinary action if it is proven that they did not follow procedures in handling inmates, the report said.

Police were puzzled how Leung could have slipped out of his handcuffs and chain like a magician, comparing him to the late Harry Houdini, a Hungarian-American stuntman noted for incredible escape acts.  

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