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Elderly couple found dead in Hong Kong flat ‘with burnt charcoal in living room’, sparking suicide investigation
An elderly couple were found dead in a Hong Kong public housing flat on Monday, sparking a police investigation into whether a suicide pact was involved.
Emergency crews rushed to Tin Yan Estate, off Tin Shui Road in Tin Shui Wai, at 1.41pm after receiving a report from a security guard. The guard was alerted by the daughter of the deceased pair, who visited the 11th-floor flat of Yan Lok House at the estate at 1.30pm, but found no one answered the door.
“Firefighters broke into the flat and found the bodies of a man and a woman inside,” a police spokeswoman said. The man was 75 and his wife was 87. They had five grown children who had moved out of the flat, according to a police source.
The man had difficulty walking and was wheelchair-bound, while his wife had suffered from depression for about a decade. “The man was found unconscious in a wheelchair in the kitchen and his wife was found in the bedroom. They were certified dead at the scene,” the source said. He said officers found a tray of burnt charcoal in the living room but no suicide note. The flat was locked from the inside and police were investigating if it was a suicide pact. The pair were last seen at home when their son visited them around midday on Sunday.
LIST OF WINNERS
Best feature film: An Elephant Sitting Still
Best director: Zhang Yimou
Best leading actor: Xu Zheng
Best leading actress: Hsieh Ying-xuan
Best supporting actor: Ben Yuen
Best supporting actress: Ding Ning
Best new director: Wen Muye
Best new performer: Si Pangoyod
Best documentary: Our Youth In Taiwan
Best original screenplay: Dying To Survive
Best adapted screenplay: An Elephant Sitting Still
Best art direction: Shadow
Best make-up and costume design: Shadow
Best action choreography: Hidden Man
Best film editing: Dear EX
Best visual effects: Shadow
Best sound effects: Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Best original film score: Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Best original film song: Bali Song by Lee Ying-hung (Dear EX)
Best animated feature: On Happiness Road
Best live action short film: A Final Reunion
Best animated short film: Where Am I Going?
Best cinematography: Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Special contribution award: Liao Ching-sung
Outstanding Taiwanese film-maker of the year: Saburo Liu
Former TVB actress Yammie Lam Kit-ying was found dead in her flat in Stanley, Hong Kong, in the early hours of Saturday .
A senior police source confirmed the deceased woman was 55-year-old Lam and that the body had no apparent wounds but was decomposing by the time officers discovered it in the toilet of the flat in Leung Ma House at Ma Hang Estate.
Known for her beauty, Lam rose to fame in the late 1980s, after appearing in TV series such as Looking Back in Anger and The Greed of Man, which starred Adam Cheng Siu-chow and Sean Lau Ching-wan. Her career would expand into films and she won the hearts of audiences with her turn as Spider Woman in the two-part 1995 fantasy A Chinese Odyssey, starring comedian Stephen Chow Sing-chi.
On Saturday, police said an initial investigation found no suspicious cause behind her death. The source told the Post a friend of Lam’s, surnamed Lui, visited her on Friday night and noticed a foul smell from the flat. When no one answered the door, the friend called police at 12.28am. “The gate was closed while a wooden door was left unlocked,” the source said. “Lam was last seen by her neighbour on Wednesday. We also found her calls record on that day, which means she died within the past two days,” the police insider said, adding no drugs were found in her flat. Police were trying to contact Lam’s family.
The late actress had a showbiz life fraught with ups and downs. She began her career in Hong Kong television after graduating from TVB’s acting course in 1983 at the age of 20. Other names in her batch included Carina Lau Ka-ling and Sandra Ng Kwan-yue. Lam was close to both women, and the trio, along with six other popular actresses, were known as the “dragon girls”. In her early career, she was one of the hosts on 430 Space Shuttle, a famous children’s show that aired on TVB Jade for seven years. She was dropped from casting lists on two occasions over rows with management – once in 1984 when she was blacklisted for six months after she requested to shorten her five-year contract with TVB to two, and in 1986 when it was reported she often arrived late on set. The disciplinary actions prompted her to leave the station when her contract ended in 1987.
Lam’s life spiralled downward after a car accident in 1998 injured her hands and neck, greatly affecting her health. She was later reported to be suffering from mental health issues and seeking treatment. She was no longer able to work and support herself financially because of the illness. In 2006, she was declared bankrupt and has since lived on financial aid. Lam made headlines again in 2013 after she revealed in an exclusive interview that she was raped by two leading players in the local entertainment industry decades ago. The names of the alleged attackers were not disclosed, and Lam said she never went to police because she wanted to avoid trouble.
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Chung Syun Wong, 23, has been accused on seven separate occasions of indecently assaulting girls on public transport in the past 10 years.
The first, in 2009, happened when he was just 13 years old. He was caught five more times between 2011 and 2013. So when he showed up at Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court — accused of pinching a 15-year-old girl on the thigh on the MTR on Tuesday–
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According to Apple Daily, Chung, in response, insisted he would change, saying he wanted to get a diploma and work as a kitchen hand. Woo wasn’t buying it. “But you haven’t changed, people have called you a ‘dirty old man’, ‘wretched’, a ‘sex maniac’, ‘obscene’, and ‘despicable’.”
Chung — who in 2013 was sent to Christian Zheng Sheng College, a private college and rehabilitation and correction center for youths — tried again: “I’ve only been studying for two months, I want to continue my studies.” “How am I supposed to believe you? Don’t assume that studying more is going to be helpful, there’s something called ‘the scum of the literati’, studying more has nothing to do with that,” replies Woo, citing a Chinese phrase similar to the saying ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing.’
According to Apple Daily, Chung pleaded guilty to indecent assault over the incident. The court heard it took place on a train from Jordan heading towards Central on Tuesday, where Chung — who had a shoulder bag on his lap — pinched the girl on her thigh. He got off the train at Tsim Sha Tsui, but then got back on again when he realised the girl was following him. After he got back on the train, the girl yelled calling on passengers to stop him. He was apprehended by passengers, and police arrested him at Admiralty station. Sentencing will be held at a later date.
Mainland Chinese stars, 34-year-old Tiffany Tang and 36-year-old Luo Jin, announced their marriage on October 26. The couple shared the photos of their wedding in Hallstatt, Austria. In the photo they posted, the couple held up their “little red books”, or Chinese marriage certificates, and wrote, “I’m the bride” and “I’m the groom”.
Tiffany and Luo Jin briefly dated when they filmed Agent X in 2013, but broke up afterwards. While filming Princess Welyoung, the Couple started dating again.
Although there is rumour that Yang Mi and Tiffany are not in good term, Yang Mi congratulated the newlyweds on Weibo, “Happy new marriage! Happiness forever!” Due to post-production work on her new drama, Yang Mi couldn’t attend Tiffany’s wedding in Austria.