Mother dies, toddler critical in suspected murder-suicide bid

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    A woman has died and her two-year-old son is in critical condition after they fell from an apartment building on Tuesday, a tragedy which the police have classified as attempted murder and suicide. It is suspected that the mother threw the child out of a window from her flat on the fourth floor of the building before she jumped herself, in a bid to end their lives. 

    According to police, they received multiple alerts at around 2:50 pm that a woman and a little boy fell from a height at a building in Yau Tong Estate, a public rental housing complex in Kwun Tong. Officers rushed to the scene and found the mother and child lying unconscious on the ground outside the Wah Tong House building. A check revealed knife wounds on the neck and hands of the woman, who was 35 years in age. The mother was sent to United Christian Hospital, where she was certified dead later. The boy, meanwhile, who was seriously injured, was taken to the pediatric intensive care unit of Queen Elizabeth Hospital for emergency treatment. He escaped death miraculously, but lies in critical condition at the hospital, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. After determining the identity of the victims, policemen went to the family’s flat for an inspection. There they found three knives and a suicide note, believed to have been written by the woman.

    According to a Kwun Tong District Council member, the woman had been living at the unit since 2015 along with two children, a daughter aged 4 and a son who was born two years later. There have been no records of domestic violence, rent arrears or other complaints against the family, district councilor Lui Tung-hai said. At the time of the tragic incident Tuesday afternoon, the older child had been out with her grandmother, leaving the mother and son alone in the flat. It is believed the woman slashed herself with a knife before throwing the boy, and later herself, from the building.

    Citing a person who witnessed the bodies on the ground, Liu said blood was seen gushing from the woman’s wrists which were found with slash marks, suggesting a self-inflicted injury. The deceased woman had a job, but, according to media reports, was suspected to be suffering from postpartum depression. Post-mortem examinations will be conducted to officially ascertain the cause of her death. Police are continuing their investigation, after listing the case as attempted murder and suicide.


    Wedding ringing for Kevin Cheng and Grace Chan

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    48 years old Kevin Cheng and 27 years old Grace Chan have been dating for 3 years. The media have been referring them as having a "father and daughter " relationship. Grace is now rumoured to be 3 months pregnant.  It is reported that they are having a low key wedding next month in Bali . The two have asked their friends and family to keep this a secret. Talking to a reporter yesterday, Kevin said: "Thanks for your concern, we do have plan to get married, but as for whether Grace is pregnant or not, please do not guess.  I hope you give us space, when we do get married, it will be announced." 

    According to source, the couple will have a small wedding ceremony in a hotel in Bali . After the wedding, the couple will fly to Canada to hold a wedding banquet for her relatives and friends.


    Bus driver charged with indecent exposure after masturbating by bus doors

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    A 66-year-old bus driver has been charged with indecent exposure after he was arrested for allegedly masturbating by the doors of his bus — while holding a can of coffee in his free hand. 

    A police spokesperson confirmed to Coconuts HK this afternoon that the suspect, surnamed Chiu, is due to appear at at Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on July 26. Chiu was arrested in Wong Tai Sin yesterday afternoon after a 28-year-old woman filed a police report on Wednesday. 

    The woman, who on.cc reports is surnamed Lau, told officers told officers 

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    Man admits raft of charges after rape victim breaks down in tears recounting three-day ordeal locked up in flat

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    An unemployed Hong Kong man accused of rape, false imprisonment and assault pleaded guilty halfway through his jury trial, a day after one of his victims broke down in court recounting 72 hours of horror.

    Cheung Tsz-hong, 28, on Friday admitted four counts of rape, and one each of false imprisonment, indecent assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. But he pleaded not guilty in the High Court to one count of robbery, in which it was alleged that he stole a mobile phone, a wallet and a small amount of cash from the woman he imprisoned.

    Prosecutor Michael Arthur applied for the charge to be left on file, meaning it cannot be pursued without the court’s leave. The case was adjourned to next Tuesday for prosecutors to prepare the admitted facts before Madam Justice Judianna Barnes Wai-ling formally directs the jury to return guilty verdicts. The maximum penalty for rape is life imprisonment. The surprise plea reversal on the third day of the trial came after one of Cheung’s two victims broke down in tears on Thursday as she told a jury of five men and two women of her ordeal in his Tuen Mun flat from December 14 to 17, 2016.

    The court heard the 28-year-old victim, identified only as Y, recount how she was tied, drugged, slapped, burned and threatened at knifepoint, in a testimony so detailed that she was able to say the exact location of where Cheung obtained the lighter to scorch her thigh. “I still have the scar on me now,” she said from behind a screen. But she could not hold back tears when she was reminded of the repeated sexual assaults. It took her 25 minutes to compose herself before she could tell the court how Cheung raped her three times after he threatened to kill her.

    Cheung’s guilty pleas meant that he also admitted indecently assaulting and raping another woman, the then 20-year-old X, who is now spared from having to relive her ordeal in open court. Prosecutors previously revealed that X reported the case to police hours after she was attacked on December 10, prompting officers to search Cheung’s flat and seize sex toys and condoms the following day. Y fell victim three days later.

    Under the sentencing guidelines handed down by the Court of Appeal in September 2016, a guilty plea entered at the earliest opportunity merits a one-third sentencing discount. Those who plead guilty during trial will get a less than 20 per cent discount from the starting point of sentence. The precise discount is subject to the judge’s discretion.


    Air China co-pilot was smoking e-cigarette on flight from Hong Kong causes plane to drop 6,000 meters

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    The co-pilot of an Air China flight that plummeted 25,000 feet in 10 minutes on Tuesday after leaving Hong Kong was smoking an electronic cigarette and made an error that forced the plane’s emergency descent, the state aviation regulator revealed on Friday.

    The Civil Aviation Administration of China said preliminary investigations found that the co-pilot had, without telling the pilot, attempted to turn off a circulation fan to prevent smoke from reaching the cabin. “[But the co-pilot] mistakenly switched off the air-conditioning unit that was next to it, resulting in insufficient oxygen in the cabin and an altitude warning,” said Qiao Yibin, of the authority’s safety office, at a press briefing, according to state-run Xinhua news agency. “At present, we are investigating the cause in greater detail, and if the investigation proves it is true, we will handle it according to the law and regulations and deal with it seriously.”

    Air China’s website says smoking is strictly prohibited on all its flights. It is clearly stated that e-cigarettes are also banned. On Tuesday, half an hour after flight CA106 carrying 153 passengers and nine crew members left Hong Kong International Airport, oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling, and the plane descended to 10,000 feet as it was travelling between Shantou and Xiamen.

    The Boeing 737 later climbed back to 26,000 feet and arrived safely at its destination. No injuries were reported, and the aircraft was not damaged, the CAAC said on Thursday. The regulator also announced its seizure of flight data and the cockpit voice recorder, and said it had questioned the nine crew members. Air China previously said it had focused its investigations on the pilots, following claims that the crew had been smoking in the cockpit. If the allegations held true, it would deal with those responsible with “zero tolerance”, the airline said.

    Aviation experts have questioned the pilots’ decision to continue with the journey despite having used up emergency oxygen supplies after the sudden descent. David Newbery, president of the Hong Kong Airline Pilots Association and a Cathay Pacific Airways pilot, said: “If the oxygen masks had been deployed, it would be foolhardy to [continue flying] because there would be no oxygen left in the event of a subsequent depressurisation.”

    Following the mid-flight drama, the four year-old plane registered as B-5851 was flown without passengers to Beijing on Wednesday night and has not been used for any flights since, according to tracking website FlightRadar24. 


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