Date
25 May 2017
A file picture shows former lawmaker Philip Wong (inset, left) with his eldest son Ian Joseph Wong. The junior Wong is said to have been detained by the police Monday following a quarrel with his wife. Photos: Metro Daily, Apple Daily
A file picture shows former lawmaker Philip Wong (inset, left) with his eldest son Ian Joseph Wong. The junior Wong is said to have been detained by the police Monday following a quarrel with his wife. Photos: Metro Daily, Apple Daily

Former lawmaker’s son detained after spat with wife

Ian Joseph Wong, eldest son of former pro-Beijing lawmaker Philip Wong Yu-hong, is said to have been arrested by the police early Monday following a domestic quarrel incident involving his wife.

Wong was arrested at his apartment in Ronsdale Garden in Happy Valley along with his brother-in-law, according to Apple Daily.

The duo is said to have engaged in a scuffle with each other after Wong’s wife complained that her husband had shouted at her and changed the password on her mobile phone in a fit of anger. 

The wife’s brother, a person identified as Chan, is said to have arrived at the apartment to support his sister, which then led to a scuffle between the males.

According to the report, it all began as the 48-year-old Wong was enraged after he heard that his wife might have badmouthed him in a phone conversation. 

Furious with his wife, Wong is said to have grabbed her mobile phone and changed the password to prevent her from using the device again.

But Chan got to know of the incident and rushed to confront his brother-in-law. The two got into a physical altercation, which saw Wong’s spectacles being broken.

Police later arrived at the scene and arrested both Wong and his brother-in-law.

Wong was accused of accessing an electronic device with dishonest intent while Chan was charged with criminal damage.

Both were later granted bail and released from custody.

This is not the first controversy involving Ian Wong.

Eleven years ago, Wong, who 37 at that time, had attempted to commit suicide by jumping out from an apartment at the 11th floor in Shiu Fai Terrace in Happy Valley.

He was said to have been frustrated after a phone call with his father. But a tragedy was averted as Wong’s wife quickly called the police, media reports said at that time.

His dad, Philip Wong, who is now 74, has also been in the news quite often in the past.

The senior Wong, who has three sons with his ex-wife, earned notoriety in July 2003 by raising his middle finger against thousands of protesters who gathered outside the Legco to oppose the legislation of a national security law. 

He later apologized for his conduct after coming under severe criticism from various quarters.

Translation by Charis Heung

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