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Two men fighting over one female, one man's life critical
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Yesterday morning, a man went to Pak Tai Street in To Kwa Wan to find his ex-girlfriend, at which he got jealous over seeing a love rival appearing in his ex-girlfriend's home. Both men had a heated argument outside the apartment, and had a fight in which the love rival was pushed down the stairs, and love rival ending up having a head injury resulting in a coma, and a critical state; during the fight, the woman was also agitated brandishing a knife to slit her wrist. All were taken to the hospital for treatment, and arrested for wounding.
Man rolling down the stairs was Cheung X Tat (35-years-old). After treatment, he remained in the hospital intensive care unit in critical condition. Cheung and the woman Wong X Sze (31 years old) in the case were a couple, and the other arrested party Ip × Nam (thirty three years old) was Wong's ex-boyfriend. After Ip found out Wong had met someone new, Ip still wanted Wong back, contacting Wong from time to time, wouldn't let go of her hoping for another chance to be together.
Wong lived in a flat of a building on 31 Pak Tai Street. Yesterday morning at 5:24am, Ip X Nam appeared at Wong X Sze's doorstep who found the presence of Cheung X Tat as well. Ip immediately was upset and jealous who became emotional despite Wong taming him. Cheung wanted to reason with Ip, so both men had a "showdown" outside of the apartment. The two had a heated argument and in the end argument broke down into a brawl outside the apartment. Seeing it's futile to dissuade both, Wong, suddenly took out a sharp knife from home, agitated, cutting her wrist hoping to stop the fighting. Meanwhile during the struggle, Cheung was being pushed down along the stairs, had his head injured, and lied unconscious on the ground. Wong approached Wong calling Cheung, but Cheung was unresponsive, so she immediately called for police assistance.
Injured men and women were rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance, because Ip also claiming face injury so he was sent to hospital as well; Cheung had a serious head trauma and in critical condition after resuscitation. The police arrived at the scene to investigate, and arrested the men and woman involving attacks with wounding charge.
Prohibiting presence of lawyer in Police disciplinary hearings deemed unconstitutional
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Yesterday, Court of Final Appeal ruled that the police disciplinary hearing in violation of relevant regulation "human rights law"
A police officer earlier had losses due to investing in stocks, incurring a debt to 620,000 dollars at which he needed to become bankrupt. This police officer was then accused of financial mismanagement breaching the Police Force Ordinance and was ordered to retire. The police officer said at the time of police disciplinary hearing, he was not allowed to hire lawyers on behalf of defense, which is a violation of "human rights law", thereby seeking a judicial review to challenge the Ordinance. Earlier, the police officer appealed to the Court of Final Appeal and yesterday he won the appeal. The Court of Final Appeal judge said that the result of disciplinary hearing could lead to serious consequences, and the most serious consequence may be removed from office, therefore person under investigation should be able to enjoy the rights and interests from a legal representative, and the Police Ordinance is also inconsistent with the "human rights law", thus the Court unanimously ruled in violation of the Ordinance "human rights law" Article X of the principle of fair proceedings to be unconstitutional and is void.
Police spokesperson responded that they respected the Court's decision. As to the impact of the decision, police is consulting with the Department of Justice, and has suspended all ongoing disciplinary hearings in order to wait for the Department of Justice advice. Civil Service Bureau said that the ruling aimed at the relevant provisions of the Police Ordinance that does not involve civilian personnel disciplinary matters. At present, when civilian personnel face legal hearings, they can apply for lawyer to assist in the defense.
Plaintiff Lam Siu-Bo (38 years old) had 14 years of service in the Force, and defendant was Commissioner of Police. According to "Police General Orders", affected work efficiency is regarded by financial hardship as a result of mismanagement of money, which police officers had to be subjected to disciplinary proceedings. However, according to "the Police (Discipline) Regulations" Article 9 of 11 and 12, all police officers subject to disciplinary proceedings are not permitted to hire a lawyer or barrister as legal representation, that is, legal representation can only be made by inspectors, junior police officers or police officers with lawyers or barrister qualification to defend them.
Five judges of Court of Final Appeal unanimously agreed the verdict that persons will probably face serious consequences after being subjected to hearings, that which the most serious consequence may include dismissal or ordered to retire early, in addition legal principles might be involved, so persons helping with the investigation should be able to appoint lawyers as representatives in hearings. In ruling, two judges also pointed out that the relevant police policy obviously was unconstitutional. According to "human rights law" in Article X, each person can have a fair and public questioning, therefore not approving to hire lawyers on behalf of the appellant is in violation of the principle of fairness. The judge reiterated that in Europe and the United States, in the face of allegations of a serious nature, civil servicemen are permitted to quasi-legal representation. The judge believed that Hong Kong's practice had violated "human rights law", that is, given by the principle of a fair trial. Also, police disciplinary provisions is inconsistent with "human rights law" and "Basic Law", therefore they are unconstitutional and invalid, so the judge overthrew the Commissioner of Police decision of ordering the plaintiff to retire.
The court heard that the plaintiff joined the Force in 1988, investing 1,830,000 dollars in red chips stock in 2000, but ultimately had losses of 490,000 dollars and incurred 620,000 dollars debt. Plaintiff filed for bankruptcy in September the same year. The following year, plaintiff was subject to disciplinary proceedings, and was convicted of an offense under the Police Order, therefore he was immediately suspended from duty. He case was retry later, and the penalty was replaced by compulsory retirement, effective in October 2002.
Gangs caught for bashing taxi driver's head
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taxi robbed in night shift
A taxi driver met 4 youngsters, both girls and boys, at Kwai Chung requested to go to Shing Mun Reservoir at midnight, and despite thinking the 4 were suspicious, but in order to support the family, the taxi driver still took a risk taking them, and as a result taxi driver was being bashed on head by a brick. All thieves then jumped into a van and fled away, but the five people were eventually caught by the police. When the victim was taken to the hospital for recorded statement, and questioned by the officer for "taking passengers even if they look suspicious", the Victim said helplessly, "Ah Sir, you think I want this".
Taxi driver being robbed was Au Kuen (59 years old) who suffered a head injury, and was taken to a hospital for treatment receiving 8 stitches. Of the five arrested suspects, aside from the van driver for the get-away Lui × Gui (32 years old), the other three men and a woman were all teenagers, of which the girl involved in the case was only fourteen years old, the rest ranging from 16 to 18 years old. Police will set the case as intent to rob and assault to charge.
Crime occurred yesterday at midnight when taxi driver Au Kuen encountering 4 teenagers at Kwai Fong MTR station wanting to take his taxi, at which one asked "do you go to Shing Mun Reservoir". Taxi driver seeing the 4 did not bring food or barbecue objects such as forks, that although he was suspicious, he still took them because it was hard to find business nowadays and he was hoping they would be joining their friends. Unfortunately, they were robbers indeed.
When the taxi on route at junction of Shing Mun Reservoir No. 3 barbecue place at 1:23am, the fourteen-years-old girl and a 16-years-old boy got off, falsely claiming they needed to look for a friend. During the waiting period, teenager sitting next to the driver's seat took out a brick violently bashing the driver's head attempting to rob the driver. The taxi driver resisted, shouted for help with wound, and the group of little robbers seeing their attempt had failed, instantly escaped. The victim then drove to a minibus station at the entrance to the reservoir calling police for help.
Police immediately rushed to the scene, first arranging the victim to a hospital meanwhile rounding up other police in the district to search for suspects. When intercepting a van, they arrested a man by last name Lui, a fourteen-years-old girl and a 18-years-old by last name Chiu. Police then in accordance with clues, arrested the remaining two 16 and 17 years old suspects at Shek Lei Shopping Center.
Barrister Lu Wei-Hung expressed that the 5 suspects had committed a conspiracy to rob basing solely from the prima facie evidence. He said the consequence of such offense was quite serious because the suspects had acted with a plan, including boarding with a brick and having a get-away car to flee. Under normal circumstances, case would be diverted to the High Court. If the mastermind was an adult, the adult sentence would be up to about ten years while minor boys and girls should also be sent to training center, etc. Barrister appealed to teenagers not to think they're young, therefore they can ignore the consequences of the offense, because criminal offense leave a record for life.
Begging in silence, giving in silence
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There are many beggars on the street of Downtown; man, woman, old, young, disabled, and many others; begging ways vary, there are disabled, there're people evoking others to be teary, there're those kneeling and bowing or those talking to self.
This afternoon, at the junction of Pak Sha Road in Causeway Bay, there is a person with disability using mouth to replace his hands gripping on a pen to Write calligraphy. His writing is neat and words are fluent painting his voice of begging. People who are in a rush begin to slow down, and crowded around to watch this person with disability writing calligraphy. Some watch in silent, some people shake their heads and sigh, some occasionally send a little sympathy in money, and some readily fling coins out, and some bend down to give money. And the money comes in all forms; there are coins, bills, there is HK dollars, as well as Renminbi. Beggar begs with no words and givers give with no words. Both are silent facing opposite from the other.
Missing wife, grieving man took poison
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Because he missed his wife, a man explicitly told his friends he would kill himself, and just yesterday, he committed suicide by taking caustic soda in his home in Tai Po Tai Wo Hau. As a result, intestinal eroded and he was so painful that he rushed out of the house in mad pain spitting blood, which alerted the eldest daughter who called the police to send him to hospital for emergency treatment. Sadly, the eldest sister hugging her mentally chanlleged younger sister, had to face the parents' plight.
Lee (54 years old) was a staff in kitchen, and lived with two daughters (15 and 17 years old) in Tai Wo Hau. The whole family is now living on CSSA. Four o'clock yesterday afternoon, Lee hiding in his room swallowed caustic soda tablets to commit suicide, but Lee could not bear the pain constantly coughing, and rushed out of the room, outside of his home collapsed in the hallway. The eldest daughter followed her father and shocked to see her father spilling blood that she quickly called the police. Ambulance staffs rushed to rescue the victim, and police officers found tablets of caustic soda lying in victim's vicinity, for which police officers believed victim taking it to commit suicide, and those tablets were sent along with the injured to hospital for examination.
It is learned that the victim's mouth, oral cavity and esophagus are seriously burned, and even gastrointestinal organs also appeared to be corroded, festered in critical condition. Two daughters accompanied the victim to the hospital with a look of sorrow, and social workers took them to asylum shelters for temporary living.
According to the police, Lee's wife fell accidentally dying in home last month. Lee was guilty with her wife's death that he told friends the day before yesterday that he missed his wife and said he wanted to die. He said in guilt, weeping, "If I had held onto her that day then she doesn't have to die! I killed her!"