Mother thought to have attempted suicide arrested on suspicion of murdering son in Hong Kong

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    A 55-year-old woman has been arrested in Hong Kong on suspicion of killing her son after police found the man’s body on a sofa in her flat. Officers believed the mother, who was a widow, drugged and strangled the 23-year-old before attempting suicide, though the cause of death was unclear. They found rat poison and two lengths of cable at her home on Shin Ming Estate, Tseung Kwan O.

    Police were called to the flat on Saturday night after the mother, whom they said appeared dazed, told a security guard at the public housing estate that she and her son had taken the poison. After breaking into the flat, police found the son’s body lying on the sofa in the living room. Chief Inspector Cheung Ting-fung said the body was covered with a blanket, with a badminton racquet placed on top. “We found strangle marks on the neck, but there were no wounds on other parts of the body, or signs of a struggle,” Cheung said. “The exact cause of death can only be confirmed after further examination and toxicology tests, but we believe he had been dead for one to two days.”

    Inside the flat, officers found two packs of poison, along with a large quantity of sleeping pills. Cheung said the deceased could have eaten food mixed with sleeping pills before he was strangled. Police also found two charging cables for mobile phones inside the flat, one of which they said had been snapped. They believed it was used in the killing.

    Cheung said the other cable, which had been hung from a small window outside a bedroom, had been tied into a loop. “We also believe the woman had attempted suicide by hanging herself inside the flat and taking poison,” Cheung said. A suicide note, which officers believed the mother wrote, was also found. “But we cannot find a note by the deceased,” Cheung said. After getting in touch with the son’s friends, Cheung said they could find no reason that he would have killed himself, which is why they arrested the mother on suspicion of murder. The woman had been sent to Tseung Kwan O Hospital. 

    The police source said the woman, who moved into the flat in 2011 with her son, did not mention her motives in the suicide note. The source said she wrote that people should not mourn them, and detailed her wishes for after their deaths. Another source familiar with the situation said the woman had been getting treatment for depression and psychosis.

    Sai Kung district councillor Christine Fong Kwok-shan said the woman had occasionally volunteered at her office. She was gentle and polite, and appeared physically healthy, Fong said, adding that she last saw her about a year ago. “We don’t know what kind of difficulties she was facing. The government should deploy more resources to help poor and single-parent households,” Fong said.

    Jackie Chen, an executive member at the Hong Kong Social Workers’ General Union, noted that the Social Welfare Department provided counselling for mentally ill residents, but said its centres usually struggle with a large workload. “It may not be possible for the centre’s staff to do home visits,” she said. 


    Fight breaks out inside MTR train carriage over kid stepping on woman’s foot

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    Source: Coconuts UK/Appledaily

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    Five people were arrested yesterday afternoon over a brawl inside a packed MTR train carriage that began after a child stepped on a passenger’s foot. Police confirmed to Coconuts HK that they arrested five people at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station just before 3:30pm. 

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     was sent to Apple Daily by one of the passengers, surnamed Chong. She said she got on the train at Wong Tai Sin station at about 3:20pm yesterday and saw five people — two Hongkongers and three mainlanders — arguing. Police identified the Hongkongers as a man surnamed Yeung and a woman surnamed Chan, a couple, both aged 27.

    The mainlanders were a husband and wife surnamed Wang, 31 and 28, who were accompanied by the husband’s 54-year-old mother, surnamed Liu, and a young girl believed to be the couple’s daughter. Chong told the newspaper that the fight broke out because the daughter had stepped on Chan’s foot, prompting the couple to demand an apology from the group. Wang, the husband, can be seen in the video yelling at Chan and Yeung, while Yeung can be heard saying: “Your kid stepped on someone, and that’s not right. Stop yelling.” Then, without warning, a fight breaks out in the middle of the carriage. As the fight rages, the young girl can be heard crying, while other passengers can be heard screaming and yelling at the group to stop fighting.

    Police arrived at Tsim Sha Tsui station to break up the fight. Police confirmed to Coconuts HK that all five participants sustained injuries, either to their heads or hands, and that all five refused to be admitted to hospital. The case is currently being handled by Yau Tsim district’s criminal investigation team.

    Yesterday’s fracas joins a list of past episodes of MTR-related strife, including fights breaking out over 

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    . The fight was also just the latest to highlight long-standing friction between Hongkongers and mainlanders. While it remained unclear the extent to which Hong Kong-mainland animus played a part in yesterday’s confrontation, the tension certainly colored the online debate surrounding the incident, with netizens divided as to which side was in the wrong.

    Some commenting on the Apple Daily story remarked that it was “typical mainland behavior,” pointing to the growing influx of mainlanders who come into Hong Kong either as tourists or so-called 

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     — people who come to Hong Kong to stock up on goods like diapers and milk powder for resale back home.

    “The Hong Kong government has no policy on how to resolve the differences between Chinese and Hong Kong culture, and the implementation of these white elephant projects has only intensified the differences between China and Hong Kong,” said one commenter, referring to controversial projects like the 

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     that have been criticized as encroaching on Hong Kong’s territory and jurisdiction. “This incident is just the tip of the iceberg.”

    Some, however, said that the Hong Kong couple should have just let the matter go, and that the trio being mainlanders had nothing to do with why the fight broke out. “There’s nothing unique about this incident [someone stepping on someone else’s foot],” one noted. “There are so many Hongkongers who accidentally step on other people on the train, and not just that mainland kid. It’s so strange that the Hongkongers just simply can’t bear with it.”


    'Pregnant' cat burglar smuggled kittens through Taiwan airport

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    Two kittens were stolen from Taiwanese cat breeder Chang Chin-yi on Feb 5, 2019.

    Two kittens were stolen from Taiwanese cat breeder Chang Chin-yi on Feb 5, 2019.

    An alleged cat burglar from Hong Kong reportedly smuggled two stolen Persian kittens through Taiwan's biggest airport by hiding them under her clothes and pretending to be pregnant, local media said Tuesday. The brazen theft prompted authorities at Taoyuan airport to launch an investigation into how the woman was able to breeze through security without her feline contraband being spotted, Apple Daily reported.

    The Taiwanese tabloid said police obtained footage from the airport showing the woman, carrying a white bag, leaving a public washroom more plump than when she entered before passing through security. Cat breeder Chang Chin-yi told AFP she noticed two kittens -- Anngi and Da Lili -- had been stolen on February 5. "It was during feeding time, I went in... with bowls of meat and that's when I saw that the cats were missing," she said inside her apartment in an upmarket suburb of New Taipei City where she has some 40 Persian cats that sell for as much as $3,300 each. Chang immediately suspected a Hong Kong woman who planned to buy Anngi and had stayed at her house the month before. Chang changed her mind on the purchase fearing the woman already had too many cats. "(She) went crazy, she was crying and screaming at me over the phone when she heard the news," she recalled.

    Surveillance footage outside Chang's apartment showed the woman leaving through a side door with a cat under each arm, before bundling them into a white bag. She confronted the woman on Facebook messenger who eventually admitted the theft, according to images of private messages Chang posted publicly on Facebook. AFP contacted the Hong Kong woman by phone on Tuesday and a man who identified himself as her husband answered. He said he had no knowledge of his wife's plan and that a friend of Chang's who lives in Hong Kong is now looking after the two cats. "We are sorry that this incident happened," he told AFP.

    New Taipei City Police Department confirmed it was treating the incident as a burglary -- although they have limited recourse given Hong Kong and Taiwan have no extradition agreement. Taoyuan airport did not respond to requests for comment. Chang said she planned to travel to Hong Kong in the coming days to pursue legal options. It is not clear what Anngi and Da Lili's fate will now be. Cats arriving without documentation in Hong Kong must spend at least four months in quarantine or face being put down. Taiwan only accepts cats from Hong Kong that have certificate showing they are free of rabies. 


    Grace Chan and Kevin Cheng blessed with baby boy

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    Source: Pressreader.com/ming Pao/Youtube

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    Grace Chan gave birth to a baby boy by Cesarean section at the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital on February 16.

    Kevin Cheng was photographed by reporters leaving the Hospital. When the press reached out to him, he didn’t deny the birth of his son, but was discrete in his answer. “Thanks for everyone’s concern. When there’s news, we’ll announce it.” Perhaps Kevin wanted Grace to fully rest at the hospital and didn’t want the paparazzi to intrude until they are fully ready. However, he apparently has already notified his friends of the baby’s arrival.

    Kenneth Ma knew the baby would arrive soon and already dropped off his gift early. “I already congratulated them! I always have to work when I visited (Kevin) during the Lunar New Year, I already gave my red envelope to the baby and gave my blessings early. I’ll buy another gift later for the baby. Wish him good health!

    TVB actor, Stephen Wong, said he also heard from Kevin about the baby’s birth and already congratulated them. Asked if he will visit the baby at the hospital tomorrow, Stephen said, “No, not tomorrow. I have to work. When Grace is out of the hospital, I’ll visit them!”


    38th Hong Kong Film Awards Nominations Announced

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    Source: Ming Po/On.cc/Jaynestars/

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    The 38th Hong Kong Film Awards announced its full list of nominees on Tuesday, February 12th. Project Gutenberg, is the second most-nominated film in the history of the Hong Kong Film Awards, with a total of 17 nominations. The film was about a counterfeiting gang stars Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok, both nominated for Best Actor. 

    This year is Charlene Choi’s third time receiving the Best Actress nomination. The Twins member, nominated for her performance in The Lady Improper , said, “To be able to become the one of the Best 5 is already amazing! I’ll leave the rest down to fate. The most important thing to me is that the viewers enjoyed the film. Thank you to all the judges who voted for this character. A nomination is a huge encouragement. There’s only five of us after all!”

    First-time Best Actor nominee Philip Keung said, “I’m so nervous. I’m filming in the mainland right now, so not being [in Hong Kong] makes everything much more nerve-wracking. I feel very blessed and lucky. Just a nomination is enough!” Philip previously won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 2017’s Shock Wave .

    Second-time Best Actor nominee Francis Ng , congratulated his close friend Anthony Wong  for also receiving a Best Actor nomination. “Congratulations! I will definitely support the Hong Kong Film Awards and local films. I’ll be attending.”

    Check out the nominees for the best film and the acting categories below:

    BEST FILM

    Three Husbands
    Operation Red Sea
    Still Human
    Men On the Dragon
    Project Gutenberg

    BEST ACTOR

    Francis Ng for Men On the Dragon
    Anthony Wong for Still Human
    Chow Yun-fat for Project Gutenberg
    Aaron Kwok for Project Gutenberg
    Philip Keung for Tracey

    BEST ACTRESS

    Chloe Maayan for Three Husbands
    Charlene Choi for The Lady Improper
    Jennifer Yu for Distinction
    Crisel Consunji for Still Human
    Zhang Jingchu for Project Gutenberg

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

    Kenny Wong for Men On the Dragon
    Poon Chan-leung for Men On the Dragon
    Sam Lee for Still Human
    Liu Kai-chi for Project Gutenberg
    Ben Yuen for Tracey

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    Huang Lu for The Assassination of G
    Jiang Luxia for Operation Red Sea
    Jennifer Yu for Men On the Dragon
    Catherine Chau for Project Gutenberg
    Kara Hui for Tracey

    BEST NEW PERFORMER

    Lin Shan for The Assassination of G
    Adam Pak for L Storm
    Peter Chan for Three Husbands
    Nancy Wu for Men On the Dragon
    Crisel Consunji for Still Human

     


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