Accused of damaging Wong Ka Kui’s tombstone, 15-year-old denied bail, remanded to Children and Juvenile Home

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Left: Yip Tsz-to

21st May 2024 – (Hong Kong) The grave of the late Wong Ka Kui, iconic lead vocalist of the legendary Hong Kong rock band Beyond, was desecrated early Sunday morning at the Junk Bay Chinese Permanent Cemetery in Tseung Kwan O. Authorities have since apprehended two individuals, a 15-year-old boy and 23-year-old Yip Tsz-to, a reported air-conditioning technician, who are now facing charges of criminal damage.

This reprehensible act was first discovered by cemetery staff around 11am on 19th May, when they noticed that Wong’s memorial had been severely damaged. Surveillance footage and subsequent police intervention led to the swift capture of the suspects at the scene.

The Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Courts saw the defendants appear this morning. The proceedings revealed that neither suspect was required to enter a plea immediately. The court also decided to defer the hearing until 25th June, allowing the defence time to gather necessary documents and prepare their case. While Yip was granted bail under stringent conditions, including a HK$5,000 cash bond and restrictions on travel and movements, the juvenile was denied bail and remains in custody at a Children and Juvenile Home pending a further bail review on 29th May.

The desecration involved not only physical damage to Wong’s tombstone, which included defacement of a memorial photo and a guitar relief with black ink, but also the disruptive behaviour of singing and vandalism recorded on a video that circulated widely on social media platforms. The video depicted a man, who identified himself as “Kwong Tau Bob” (Bald Bob), engaging in acts of disrespect such as pouring soda on the grave and uttering profanities, which has incited widespread public condemnation.