Ho Har Chun Alias Ho Lai Chun v Yiu Hon Ming

Court:District Court (Hong Kong)
Judgement Number:DCCJ2381/1970
Judgment Date:15 Dec 1970
DCCJ002381/1970 HO HAR CHUN ALIAS HO LAI CHUN v. YIU HON MING

DCCJ002381/1970

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF HONG KONG

HOLDEN AT VICTORIA

CIVIL JURISDICTION

ACTION NO.2381 OF 1970

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Ho Har Chun alias Ho Lai Chun Plaintiff
AND
Yiu Hon Ming Defendant

Coram: D. Cons, D.J.

Date of Judgment: 15 December 1970

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JUDGMENT

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1. The parties to this action, to whom I will for convenience refer simply as "the husband" and "the wife", went through a form of marriage in January this year. It proved to be an unwise match. The combination of a fiery-tempered wife, quick to take any offer of offence, and a husband amazingly immature for a man who has spent several years at sea, soon led to trouble. Quarrels appear to have been frequent, in the course of which the husband indulged in certain childish abuse of the wife and her family background, and on two occasions resorted to actual physical violence, although not to any substantial degree.

2. One of the prime causes of irritation to the wife was the husband's penchant for the home of his sister-in-law. Only five days after installing his new bride in the new home at Champagne Court, he made the suggestion that for convenience to herself and to provide for assistance to his sister-in-law, it would be better if in future they took all their meals with his sister-in-law. At first the wife agreed, but she found the atmosphere there so unbearable that within a week she began to look after herself in her own home leaving the husband alone to continue eating there. Indeed thereafter the husband seems to have spent the major part of his time apart from his wife, leaving home fairly early in the morning to return only fairly late at night.

3. On the 9th of March the husband and wife gave up their new flat to move into the room occupied by the husband's mother, who relinquished her bed in their favour but returned to look after them during each day. By that time the husband had been out of employment for some two and a half months, and I presume the move was dictated by economic considerations. At the same time he made his first efforts to secure further employment at sea, although not telling his wife of this until much later.

4. On the morning of the 18th matters came to a head. It is difficult to decide what actually started that particular quarrel, or over what sore points it ranged, but it is clear that the two major issues of money and the marriage certificate were mentioned. The latter should...

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