Date
23 March 2017
Chow Siu-shuen  (inset) said she was forced to violate Hong Kong's immigration law in order to save her grandson. Photos: GovHK, Ming Pao
Chow Siu-shuen (inset) said she was forced to violate Hong Kong's immigration law in order to save her grandson. Photos: GovHK, Ming Pao

Undocumented mainland boy’s grandma admits to charges

The grandmother of Siu Yau-wai, the 12-year-old boy who returned to the mainland after staying illegally in Hong Kong for nine years, has pleaded guilty to charges of assisting and instigating another person to violate his conditions of stay, Ming Pao Daily reported on Tuesday.

Chow Siu-shuen, 66, was quoted by barrister Hectar Pun as saying that Siu’s mother was determined to abandon the boy even he was born.

Chow said she had no alternative but to bring Siu to Hong Kong, otherwise he would have died on the mainland.

Siu entered Hong Kong on a two-way permit on Oct. 27, 2006, but he stayed much longer than the seven-day period allowed.

The undocumented boy stayed in Hong Kong for over eight years and was repatriated to the mainland on June 4 this year.

Pun said Chow did not gain any personal economic benefit in the case and she had to rely on her savings to look after Siu.

Chow found Siu in a suburb on the mainland after his mother decided to abandon her newborn.

Chow paid a helper HK$800 a month to look after Siu in Shenzhen, and subsequently took him to Hong Kong to take care of him from 2006 onwards.

Magistrate Andrew Ma Hon-cheung said he has had reservations about Chow’s account of the circumstances surrounding the case, noting that if the mother was determined to get rid of Siu, why would she tell Chow where she dumped the baby.

Chow said Siu now lives in Shenzhen, and she looks after the boy with her husband. Siu cries all the time and suffers from insomnia.

Magistrate Ma said an immediate jail term will usually be given in cases like this, but he would like to review the assessment of the probation officer before handing out a sentence.

The case was adjourned until Nov. 10, while Chow was released on bail of HK$500 and is free to leave Hong Kong.

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