A doctor who performed liposuction on a woman who later died at a beauty centre in Tsim Sha Tsui was acquitted of failing to keep drug records after a magistrate gave
Doctor Vanessa Kwan Hau-chi, from the Regrowth Hair Transplant Centre, was accused of failing to keep medical records of a drug called pethidine in June 2014.
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But she produced the missing register last month, arguing that it was authentic even though prosecutors had doubts.
Referring to the register in question on Friday, Kwun Tong Court magistrate Don So Man-lung noted: “It would not be a lie. Neither would she want to or have the guts to tell one.”
So said Kwan would face even more serious charges such as perjury and perverting the course of justice had she lied.
Before freeing her, he said she would not be silly enough to run this huge risk.
Kwan, 33, was cleared of one count of failing to keep a register or records of pethidine, a regulated dangerous drug.
The court heard earlier that the registered doctor, the only person in charge of drugs at the centre, performed liposuction on a woman at the beauty centre on June 26, 2014.
Searches were conducted at the premises after what Kwan referred to as “an unfortunate incident” took place.
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The woman, who eventually died, is understood to be dance teacher Lee Ka-ying, though her name was not spelled out in court.
Seventeen boxes of pethidine were found, but no register for the drug could be located, the prosecutors earlier alleged.
Testifying prior to her acquittal, Kwan said the register for pethidine had always been on the 8th floor of the Kincheng Commercial Centre, where the beauty centre is situated. It also has an office on the level below.
The court heard earlier that not all drawers were looked into during the search.
Kwan said she produced the register at such a late stage because she had no idea what she was charged with until the end of 2014.
She had switched lawyers and consulted a few more about the document, though none instructed her to produce it until she hired her current representatives.
When cross-examined by prosecutor Matthew Chong Chun-sang, she denied forging the document.
The magistrate said he believed Kwan told the truth because she was able to recall details of a consultation session last year when she presented the document to lawyers.
He ruled out the possibility that Kwan was lying because she could face more serious charges should the lawyers, allegedly shown the register, be called to court to testify.