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A policeman who admitted he was “scum” and begged a woman not to call the police after he raped her in a hotel room was convicted over the attack on Friday.
A jury of seven returned a 5-2 verdict on Lee Wai-ka after seven hours of deliberation at the High Court. They rejected his claim that the intercourse was consensual, and that the woman was framing him. Deputy Judge Poon Siu-tung adjourned the case to Monday for mitigation before jail officers took Lee away. The 30-year-old policeman, who had denied one count of rape, faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
The court heard that Lee met X – as his victim was referred to in court, to protect her identity – for the first time through a group dedicated to online gaming, a week before raping her on June 19 last year. That night, X was invited to a party arranged by Lee’s friend in Tsim Sha Tsui and was said to have “drank to oblivion”. She was taken to a hotel in Kowloon Tong, where Lee raped her, the prosecutors said. But Lee denied the attack when X woke up next to him the next morning, saying it had proved impossible for them to have sex. “You were crazy last night and hit me repeatedly,” he told her.
X confirmed she was pregnant on July 5 and sent a text message to Lee, who suspected the baby belonged to someone else, as – he claimed – X got drunk a lot. It was not until X’s friend, a social worker, sent him a message claiming they had called the police that Lee began to change his version of events. He said they were a couple, and that the intercourse had been consensual. He later went to X’s home in tears, referring to himself as “scum”, prosecutor Susanna Ku Pui-fong said. He promised X he would pay for an abortion, but later threatened to sue her for blackmail after he failed to pay up. X eventually reported the case to police, despite Lee begging her not to. During an interview with the police, Lee insisted he was framed, and that he had X’s consent when they had sex.
Source: Asian E-news Portal/Ming Pao
62 year old Michelle Yim acts as Mrs Hui in "Heart of Greed 3" series. She does not seem to grow old at all. It turns out that she looks great even acting as a student. Michelle shares photo of herself wearing school uniform with her hair tied up in a bun at a dinner banquet on 02 December, the theme of the function was "I go to school!" She pointed out that the feeling of returning to school has come back, and everyone was having a good time. Other guests such as Maria Cordero , Louis Yuen and FAMA were also present and many netizens praised Michelle resembles a 20 years old girl, looking full of vitality.
Source: The Straits Times/Ming Pao
Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue, 36, announced on Tuesday (Dec 5) that he has married his girlfriend of one year, Taiwanese supermodel Sarah Wang, 29. He shared a wedding photo on Instagram and wrote: "Met the right person at the right time. Thanking Heaven for arranging for the best person to appear at the best time."
Wang is the daughter of a leather magnate, according to Apple Daily. Yue is a star of the Infernal Affairs and Love In A Puff movie series. In his post, he also thanked his bride for filling his life with "positive energy, happiness and laughter". "Thank you for your innocence, which has made my world simple and happy," he wrote. "In these 12 months, you have made a huge difference in my life." His post concluded: "Thank you for your trust in me, and for putting the rest of your life in my hands. I will bring you happiness. I will take good care of you. I love you."
The couple's wedding came as a surprise for the model's agent, who told Apple Daily: "She didn't tell us. She only told us she was working with Shawn Yue."
Police were searching for a gang of masked men who tied up a security guard with cable wires and escaped with HK$86,000 (US$11,008) in cash, a mobile phone and 11 watches from a driving range in Hong Kong before dawn on Monday.
The citywide manhunt for the four thieves started after the guard managed to use his tongue to make a 999 emergency call from the office of the Golf Park Golfers Club in Ting Kok Road, Tai Po just before 5am. “Initial investigation showed that four thieves wearing balaclavas pushed the guard to the floor and tied up his arms and legs with cable wires before covering him with clothes in the golf club’s office,” a police spokesman said. He said the gang robbed the victim of a mobile phone and HK$25,000 and then pried open a safe in the office to steal HK$60,000 from it.
Police said the gang also stole HK$1,000 from a restaurant and 11 watches from a souvenir shop in the facility. Officers scoured the area, but no arrests were made. According to police, the four robbers were thought to be aged between 20 and 30. Detectives from the Tai Po district crime squad were handling the case.
According to official statistics, police handled 137 reports of robbery across the city in the first 10 months of this year, down 39.1 per cent compared with 225 in the same period last year.
Hong Kong migrant worker group calls for more training after helper is arrested for video of children in shower
Source: Source: SCMP/Appledaily
A migrant worker group has called for more training and better guidelines to help overseas domestic workers understand the cultural differences between their home countries and Hong Kong, after a helper was arrested for live streaming herself giving showers to three children.
The 28-year-old woman from Indonesia, who reportedly enjoyed taking selfies and posting images or video clips on social media, was said to have shown the naked children having their showers in a bathroom in a flat on Electric Road in North Point during a Facebook broadcast on Friday night. The girl and two boys were aged about seven or eight.
A 17-minute video clip was later posted on the page, but it was removed on Monday. One of the children was seen in the video asking whether the helper was taking a video and telling her not to, but the helper denied it. A police spokesman said a woman made a report on Monday afternoon saying a domestic worker had published a clip online of her son and daughter in the shower. The helper was later arrested by an Eastern District investigation team for publishing child pornography.
Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body spokeswoman Eni Lestari said the case might have involved issues of cultural differences, and that the government had the responsibility to provide guidelines for domestic helpers on culturally unaccepted behaviour.
Hong Kong Employment Agencies Association chairman Cheung Kit-man said the domestic helper might not have been aware that her act could have broken the law. He said helpers would usually be trained for months by the employment agent before starting work. They would be told what not to do in a household, including taking videos or images of children. Cheung said he believed this was an isolated case.
Privacy Commissioner Stephen Wong Kai-yi said he would not comment on individual cases. He said that generally speaking, it might constitute an intrusion of privacy if a video was taken of someone in a private area or in places where people expect to have privacy, such as bathrooms. Under the Prevention of Child Pornography Ordinance, anyone who publishes child pornography can face a maximum sentence of eight years and a maximum fine of HK$2 million.