At her age, she should be enjoying her golden years, cared for by her children and grandkids.
But Pang Wan, an 84-year-old vegetable stall owner, could not even have peace of mind.
A mother of five, Pang lives in a flat at Kong Cheong Court in Aberdeen Centre.
She has been the breadwinner of the family, although her late husband, Chan Kit, once held a low-paying job at the Taikoo Dockyard.
The flat had been bought by Chan Kit in 1994 for HK$2.27 million; her son Chan Hing-tong had been named co-owner. The father died in 2007, making the son the legal owner of the flat.
According to Pang’s daughters, Chan Hing-tong took home a large shepherd dog in 2013. That’s when the problems started.
Because of the dog’s huge size, Pang lost her balance and fell on the floor on several occasions. At night she could not sleep because of the barking.
But despite her pleas, the son refused to take the dog away.
Meanwhile, quarrels erupted between her son and daughters. One time, the son threatened: “When mother passes away, I will take this flat and kick out all the useless people here.”
That gave the old woman a lot of anxiety. The son later apologized to his mother and agreed to hand back the ownership of the flat. But he never fulfilled his promise.
Pang decided to file a lawsuit against her son, Apple Daily reported. She noted that the flat had been bought out of her earnings from operating a vegetable stall at Aberdeen Market with two of her daughters. Her son never paid for any expenses related to the flat.
In the end, the son offered a settlement, giving back 51 percent of the flat to his mother and allowing her to stay there for the rest of her life.
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