Mother of three-month-old girl who died in Hong Kong village arrested for manslaughter

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    Source: SCMP/Appledaily

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    A woman in her 20s was arrested on Thursday for suspected manslaughter after her three-month-old daughter was found dead at home in the New Territories. Police meanwhile launched a search for the baby’s 40-year-old father.

    The baby was believed to have been left on her own for over a day in a village house in Tung Chan Wai, off San Tin Tsuen Road in Lok Ma Chau, police said. She was found face down in bed by her mother when she ­returned home shortly after noon on Thursday. The village is near the Lok Ma Chau immigration control point. “The baby girl was certified dead by paramedics at the scene,” a police spokesman said. No injury marks were found on the girl. The case had initially been treated as one of child cruelty. According to a police source, the baby’s father had been at home with her but had gone by the time his wife returned. It is believed the mother left home on Tuesday night after a dispute with her husband.

    Superintendent Jackson Mak Pui-yuen said on Thursday evening police were still looking for the baby’s father in connection with the case. Mak said initial investigation showed the baby had been left unattended at home for more than 24 hours. An autopsy will be performed to ascertain the cause of the baby’s death. Mak said there had been no reports of domestic violence involving the family.

    The case offers echoes of a similar case in Tung Chan Wai earlier this year. Police on May 8 arrested the 17-year-old mother of twin five-month-old boys after her sons were 

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     in her village house. She told police she had gone to the neighbouring mainland city of Shenzhen to find her husband and had asked her mother-in-law to look after the twins. But the 50-year-old mother-in-law called police, saying the teenager had left home before she arrived. No injuries were found on the boys. Days later, officers arrested the mother-in-law on suspicion of ­filing a false police report. The grandmother told local media she had called police because she wanted to teach 


    Malaysian professor accused of using toxic yoga ball to murder his wife was having affair with children’s tutor, Hong Kong court hears

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    The court heard Wong Siew-fung and her daughter Khaw Li-ling were killed by a yoga ball leaking carbon monoxide in the boot of their yellow Mini Cooper in 2015. Photo: Edmond So.

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    A former Chinese University professor, who is accused of 

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    , was living a separate life to his spouse, the couple’s former helper told a Hong Kong court on Thursday.

    Khaw Kim-sun, a Malaysian national, who was having an affair with one of his students, is accused of murdering Wong Siew-fung, 47, and 16-year-old daughter Khaw Li-ling, on May 22, 2015. On the second day of his trial, Khaw, 53, wept in the dock at the High Court as a forensic pathologist described the postmortem carried out on his daughter’s body. His sudden outburst in the morning session prompted Judge Judianna Barnes Wai-ling to adjourn the trial and break for an early lunch.

    The anaesthesiologist, who used to work at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, wiped his eyes and nose with a tissue when he heard Dr Foo Ka-chung describe his examination of the girl. In what prosecutors called a “deliberate and calculated” murder plot, Khaw ordered carbon monoxide through his university office, claiming it was for research purposes. But prosecutors said he ended up using it to fill up a yoga ball, which he then unplugged and placed inside Wong’s car. The two victims were found unconscious in the Mini Cooper at the Sai O Village bus stop in Ma On Shan. They were later declared dead by carbon monoxide poisoning at Prince of Wales Hospital.

    The couple’s helper, Siti Maesaroh, gave evidence on Thursday that Khaw and Wong had been sleeping in separate rooms since she had started working for the couple and their four children. “Ma’am did the cooking for the children,” the Indonesian maid said, adding that “sir made it [his own meals] for himself”. Maesaroh also said that the couple only drove their own cars, Wong in the Mini Cooper, and Khaw Kim-sun a Toyota. Just before the pair died, the helper said she did not see Wong carry a yoga ball to her car, when she and the daughter, who Maesaroh called Lily, got into the vehicle. He estimated they probably died between 12.45pm and 2.45pm that day, a time period consistent with what the prosecution had earlier told the court. For Wong, Foo said a postmortem examination found a carbon monoxide level in her blood of 50 per cent, or 10 per cent above the lethal level. It was 41 per cent in the daughter’s body.

    The court previously heard that the gas, if inhaled abundantly, could cause vision impairment and even death. Foo also said he found traces of antidepressants in Wong’s body, consistent with what he was told that she suffered from a mental illness. The court previously heard that the wife knew about Khaw’s mistress, a student surnamed Lee, and had grown to accept it, but refused her husband’s request for a divorce. The trial continues.


    KFC scraps plastic lids, straws for drinks at HK, Macau outlets

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    KFC says it wants to do its bit to curb the use of single-use plastics, which have been blamed for adding to Hong Kong’s waste problem. Photo: HKEJ

    Single-use plastic straws are a major source of pollution. Photo: Alamy Stock Photo

    Fast-food chain KFC has announced that it will stop supplying plastic lids and straws for drinks for dine-in customers in Hong Kong and Macau, a move aimed at curbing the use of single-use plastics.

    According to a press release Wednesday, all of KFC’s 71 branches in Hong Kong and Macau will no longer provide plastic straws and lids for drinks with effect from August 23. Exceptions will be made for some designated special drinks and for takeaway drinks, according to KFC Hong Kong, a unit of the Louisville, Kentucky-based global fast-food restaurant chain. A trial program had been carried out in nine stores, including the Maritime Square branch, Whampoa branch and Shun Tak Center branch, since July 16 this year.

    KFC Hong Kong said the trial was well received by the public, and most customers did not ask for plastic lids. Given the positive response, the company decided to make the arrangement permanent and apply it to all of its branches in Hong Kong and Macau in an effort to reduce single-use plastics and alleviate the environmental impact, it said. “We understand the significance of the impact single-use plastics has brought to our environment, and thus we want to do our part in striving for positive change,” Janet Yuen, chief operating officer of KFC Hong Kong and Macau, said in the press release. “We believe that every little step counts, so we decided to engage our customers and make the effort by launching this ‘no straws and lids’ action in all of our stores,” she said. 

    With regard to the no-plastic-straw policy, Hong Kong is actually two months behind Singapore, given that KFC has begun to implement such policy in the Lion City since June 20, Channel NewsAsia noted. In addition to the efforts to be eco-friendly, KFC Hong Kong said it has also collaborated with some non-governmental organizations, such as Food Angel, to promote waste reduction. Almost 2,000 kilograms of food has been collected since last year, and it has been transferred to Food Angel for processing before being distributed to those in need, the restaurant chain said its press release.


    Kevin Cheng and Grace Chan tied the knot in Bali

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    Source: Ming Pao/Appledaily/HKTVB

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    Kevin Cheng and Grace Chan got married in Bali as planned despite the earth quake in Indonesia. The newly wed posted 4 wedding pictures on social media. Grace wore an ivory wedding dress, showing her slender shoulders. The couple were seen cuddling and kissing to each other. The bridesmaid and groomsmen include Natalie Tong, Kenneth Ma, Ben Wong, Stephen Wong etc had already flown to Bali the day before the wedding. Other good friends such as Michael Tong, Raymond Cho and Wayne Lai were also present at the wedding ceremony. They all sent their well wishes to the couple. Wayne Lai wished the newly wed to have a baby early. 

    The wedding ceremony is held at the Bulgari Resort Bali, the same hotel where Yang Mi and Havick Lau got married. Kevin and Grace have been dating for three years. Initially, there were negative remarks about their romance as Kevin is 22 years older then Grace. But now, they are happily married. 


    Cantopop star Ellen Joyce Loo dies in apparent suicide

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    Cantopop star Ellen Joyce Loo fell to her death from her home on Sunday in what’s being reported as a case of suicide. Apple Daily reported 

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    . Canadian-born Loo, 32, was certified dead at the scene. Police say the death is 

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    , according to The Standard.

    The openly gay star — a champion for LGBT rights who came out as a lesbian last year — had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013, according to reports. In her last post to Facebook on Thursday, Loo posted a selfie along with a message. 

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    , it reads: “I am going to do something great today – it is one of the decisions I made for myself since I turned 30. I finally understand why people like to take selfies of themselves as you really want to take a picture of yourself when you have a high morale.”

    Born in Canada in 1986, Loo moved to Hong Kong with her family aged 4. A performer since her teen years, she formed the band at17 with Eman Lam in 2001. The Cantopop and “folktronica” group produced several hits, including Meow Meow Meow and Kiss Kiss Kiss, before parting ways in 2010, when Loo went solo, moved to Taiwan and switched from performing in Cantonese to Mandarin.

    In a Facebook post, People Mountain People Sea, a local music production group which worked with Loo, thanked fans for their condolences on behalf of Loo’s family. It noted the singer had faced a tough battle with her mental health and called on people to support those suffering from mental illness. Loo, who married cinematographer FisherYu Jing-ping in Canada in 2016, was an advocate for LGBT rights and same-sex marriage, which is not recognized in Hong Kong.

    She revealed she was gay during 

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     acceptance speech at the 28th Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan last year. Receiving the prize for Best Arrangement in the vocal category, she thanked her wife from the stage. Openly gay lawmaker Ray Chan paid tribute to the singer on Twitter, as did the Pink Alliance. Loo’s record label also released a statement on social media expressing grave sadness over her death. “We will miss her forever,” it added.

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