Date
9 December 2018
Police arrested the laborer (inset) after footage from surveillance cameras installed in the graveyard showed him coming in and out of the place during non-office hours. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
Police arrested the laborer (inset) after footage from surveillance cameras installed in the graveyard showed him coming in and out of the place during non-office hours. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Man, 59, arrested over vandalized urn niches in Cheung Sha Wan

Police arrested a 59-year-old man on suspicion of vandalizing dozens of urn niches at a Catholic cemetery in Cheung Sha Wan, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The suspect might have been harboring a grudge against the cemetery’s management, which had told him that his employment contract would not be extended because of his poor performance, police said.

On Sunday a security guard at St. Raphael Catholic Cemetery filed a police report after finding many of the slabs sealing the urn niches had been smashed.

Police then reviewed footage from security cameras installed in the graveyard and saw the suspect, a general laborer at the cemetery, coming in and out of the place during non-working hours.

The worker, who turns 60 next month, was arrested on Monday.

A total of 89 urn niches were found to have been damaged as of 4 p.m. Monday.

Dominic Chan, the vicar general of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese, said security at the cemetery has been beefed up after the vandalism incident, RTHK reported.

People who want to check the list of damaged slabs can visit the web page of the vicar general’s office at https://vgoffice.catholic.org.hk/doc/cemetery/20180903.pdf.

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