Police on the hunt for man who robbed and tried to rape woman near Hong Kong public housing estate

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    Source: SCMP/Appledaily

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    Police were on Monday still hunting for a middle-aged man two days after he grabbed a 20-year-old woman, robbed her and tried to rape her near a public housing estate in Kowloon Bay. Officers had stepped up patrols near the crime scene and were doing identity checks on Kai Ching Estate.

    The attack happened at about 8.30pm on Saturday on a path off Shing Kai Road, where the victim was walking alone, according to police. The path links Shing Kai Road and Kwun Tong Road. “The culprit grabbed her neck from behind and threatened the victim with a key, demanding that she surrender her valuables,” Chief Inspector Leung Lap, of Sau Mau Ping district crime squad, said. He said the woman handed over her bank card and told the man its PIN. The attacker then tried to rape her, but stopped and fled. Leung said the victim shouted for help and police thought that might have been why the attacker stopped.

    The woman called police at about midnight, after getting home on public transport. Officers scouted the area but no arrest was made. The attacker was thin and about 1.7 metres tall. He was aged between 45 and 50. Police said he was a Cantonese speaker and wore a white cap, a face mask, a dark polo shirt and shorts at the time of the incident.

    Leung said police had stepped up patrols in the area, and that officers were checking CCTV footage to identify the attacker and work out his escape route. A police spokeswoman said on Monday that officers were investigating whether any money was withdrawn from the victim’s bank account.


    Man robbed 7-Eleven store to make money for ‘kidnapped’ girlfriend’s ransom – only to later learn he had been scammed by her

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    Source: SCMP

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    A Hong Kong man held up a convenience store with a pellet gun and stole more than HK$5,600 (US$718) to get cash to save his kidnapped girlfriend in mainland China – only to later find out he was the victim of a scam, a court heard on Friday.

    Part-time swimming instructor Lee Ho-yin, 23, pointed a black gun at a shopkeeper when he robbed the 7-Eleven convenience store on Shanghai Street in Kowloon on May 22 last year. He stole HK$5,650 after the frightened employee unlocked the till and handed over the takings. 

    Defence counsel Jasper Kwan Hang-fun told the High Court that Lee stole the money because he wanted to save his girlfriend, who claimed to have been kidnapped on the mainland. But it later turned out to be a scam, making Lee the “victim of a fraud”, he said. The barrister also said Lee picked a gun – which fired small plastic pellets – with weak firing power to avoid causing injuries. But Madam Justice Susana Remedios, who presided over his mitigation session, replied: “It looks quite real.” She sought reports on Lee’s mental condition after learning he had suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Asperger syndrome. She adjourned sentencing to July 23.

    Lee pleaded guilty at Eastern Court to one count of robbery in February. According to prosecutors, he turned up at the store at about 5am, wearing sunglasses and a surgical mask. He pointed the gun at the shopkeeper, Gao Guoan, in his 30s, who handed over the money. After checking closed-circuit television footage, police arrested Lee three days later. Tests showed the weapon could only fire tiny plastic pellets at such a low velocity that they “fell to the ground shortly after leaving” the gun, prosecutors said. In mitigation, Kwan said the incident stemmed from a relationship Lee had developed with a woman he met while studying electrical engineering at a vocational school in Hong Kong years ago. He said Lee had found love with the woman, who later dropped out of school. The woman, who returned to the mainland, told Lee she had been kidnapped and asked him to pay the ransom.

    Lee’s father strongly believed his son had been deceived so he took away his permit to visit the mainland. Without any money, Lee “came up with this very stupid idea to rob the convenience store”, Kwan said. Lee gave her the money, and “of course, this lady disappeared”, he said.


    Miss Hong Kong 1995 Winnie Young sued for beauty pageant crown and California house over HK$3.76 million debt

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    Source: SCMP/Ming Pao

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    A former Miss Hong Kong is being sued for her beauty pageant crown as part payment for HK$3.76 million (US$479,000) in unpaid debt owed by her and her husband, a court writ shows.

    Winnie Young Yuen-yee, the 1995 winner, and her partner, Wong Shuai-fun, pledged Young’s crown as collateral along with a property in the United States to secure a loan three years ago for their Samoa-registered business Little Einstein Academy. The couple borrowed HK$2.4 million from Trinity Aim Capital Limited for the venture, which was based out of CC Wu Building in Wan Chai. The money was granted between December 2014 and November 2015, but due to their failure to repay in full, the debt has since snowballed to HK$3.76 million including interest, according to a writ filed last Friday by the creditor.
     
    Trinity Aim Capital has lodged a civil suit asking a court to compel the couple to hand over the beauty crown and house in San Francisco, California. “Wrongfully ... the defendants have failed to deliver the pledged properties to the plaintiff, even after the ... default occurred,” the writ said. It is not the first time the former beauty champion has faced legal action. In March Young became the target of a lawsuit filed by a kindergarten of which she was a director. Steam International Kindergarten accused her of transferring fees amounting to HK$147,000 into Marker Spaces Limited, another company she owned. Her husband had earlier filed a winding-up order to close a kindergarten called Golden Gate, for which he was a creditor. Young had opened the business but later shut its doors. Wong’s order was an attempt to recoup part of the couple’s investment in the project, but the High Court in February refused the application.

    In the present case, lawyers for Trinity Aim Capital said the couple’s company had first asked for a loan of HK$2 million in December 2014. They then repeatedly postponed the dates of repayment and failed to keep up with the instalments, the creditor said. A further HK$400,000 was requested and granted in November 2015, the lender said, but since then the failures to repay had continued, prompting the court action.

    Mandy Cho, Miss Hong Kong in 2003, once told local media her crown was worth about HK$1.4 million. Lukfook Jewellery, which has been sponsoring the crowns for the beauty pageant, said in 2011 the price had risen to HK$3.5 million. The 2016 crown was reportedly worth HK$4.6 million. It is often decorated with diamonds and gold. 

     

    Gillian Chung married her "super doctor" boyfriend Michael Lai in Los Angeles

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    Gillian Chung and Michael Lai Tie the Knot!

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    According to Taiwan social media, Twins member Gillian Chung married her Taiwan "super doctor" boyfriend Michael Lai on May 25 in L.A. California. Gillian wore a white wedding gown with a deep V.  Gillian's best friend Joey Yung just managed to obtain her visa to America in the nick of time to attend the wedding ceremony.  Gillian's good friends who attended the wedding ceremony included Charlene Choi, Yumiko Cheng, Laurinda Ho and Mani Fok, her manager etc. Gillian was in tears  during the ceremony. The wedding reception was held in “Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles”. 

    After the wedding, Gillian shared her good news in social media by posting a photo of her engagement ring . Her fans send them their blessings, wishing her all the happiness. Gillian also revealed that they will register their marriage in Hong Kong and hold a wedding reception in September. 


    Intrigue as mainland bans TVB historical drama "Beyond the Realm of Conscience ”

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    Popular TVB historical drama Deep in the Realm of Conscience cannot be shown on the mainland, sparking speculations that authorities across the border are further tightening their grip on the small screen. Observers believe regulators are unhappy either because the drama's leading actress, Nancy Wu Ting-yan, supported the Occupy movement or because the palace intrigues between emperors, concubines and maids could have a negative impact on viewers.

    TVB's deputy general manager of program and production Felix To Chi-hak played down the rumors yesterday, saying he could not respond to all speculations as some were "imaginary." "There is also speculation about production costs," he said. "To be frank, we didn't encounter those problems, so I cannot comment." The series, co-produced by TVB and the mainland's Tencent Penguin Pictures, is set in Tang Dynasty China.

    It is the sequel to the 2009 drama Beyond the Realm of Conscience, an acclaimed production which tells the story of palace maid Lau Sam-ho and imperial struggles. The theme continued in the sequel, which started with the overthrow of Empress Wei by Li Longji, who would later become the famous Tang Dynasty Emperor Tang Xuanzong. The sequel also features struggles among maids and concubines of the emperor. Tencent was supposed to play the show on its website from Monday, the same time as TVB aired it in Hong Kong. It did not happen and Tencent apologized without giving any reason for the no-show.

    In 2013, state media criticized the popular series Empresses in the Palace, suggesting it might be corrupting moral standards. Its sequel Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace - with an all-star cast including actress Zhou Xun - was completed but has yet to be shown. The genre has been hard hit after it was announced in March that regulation of the movie and TV industry would move from the State Administration for Film Radio Press Publishing and Television to be directly under the Communist Party's propaganda department. The party unit lays strong emphasis on shows' positive impact on the audience. A second possible cause is the casting of Wu in the drama.

    Back in 2014, she appeared in Central during the Occupy movement and also posted a picture on Instagram with the caption: "I can feel unity tonight. I don't know what to say, but I hope there is a better future for Hong Kong." TVB's To yesterday dismissed all speculations - including those about Wu - as "imaginary." Asked if TVB would have to repay Tencent hundreds of million of yuan if the drama ended up banned on the mainland, To explained that TVB was in charge of the co-production's copyright and airing outside the mainland, while Tencent was responsible for the mainland part.

    As long as TVB did not breach the agreed dates and air the episodes ahead of Tencent, it was free to do what it wanted with the drama in Hong Kong. As to when the drama would air in the mainland, To said he could not comment on behalf of Tencent but "there isn't any big problem involved."


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