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Old man threw stuff like mad down the street from home
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Old man threw a bunch of junk from apartment to street
An old man claiming "No one would know" he dies after his death, threw junk down the street from home ceaselessly for more than an hour in Ho Man Chun Man Court apartment yesterday morning. Dozens of onlookers gathered around and asked, "How come he doesn't throw money down the street"? Eventually, police had to break into the flat to put the old man under control and sent him to hospital for tests because they suspected the old man had psychiatric problems.
Old man's last name was Wong (78 years old), living in a flat in Chun Man Court. At Eleven o'clock yesterday morning, old man was home alone and suddenly he became erratic throwing junks continuously from kitchen's window to the street, including a TV remote control, cellphone, carpet, kitchen cleaning supplies, fruit, etc. Fortunately, the junks fell onto a open courtyard across from the building, and there was no passersby, so no one was injured, but this startled the security guard who went to check. It was believed that the security guard couldn't stop the old man that he had to call the police for help. Police arrived at the scene who was also at a lost and requested firefighters assistance, and notified negotiators to help persuade. But old man turned a deaf ear, throwing even more objects down the street. Both sides deadlocked for more than an hour later, and police thought it would be unwise to let this kept going that after a discussion with the firefighters, they decided to take stronger action. Therefore, police officers and firefighters inspected the environment, considering storming into the house would solve the problem, and they immediately took action. Surprisingly, the old man did not resist and let ambulance staff loaded him onto a stretcher bed. A woman, who was a relative of the old man rushed to accompany the old man to a hospital for observation.
Two uncooperative smokers attack female director of Tobacco Control
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Female Director of Tobacco Control was injured and taken to hospital
A total ban on smoking in public places has been implemented for some time, but smoking frequency is still serious in terms of smoking in pubs and nightclubs. Yesterday midnight, a team of Tobacco Control Office were on duty in a Sha Tin karaoke nightclub when a female director was shoved down to the ground giving out tickets to fine two men who were smoking. Fellow officers seeing it immediately shouted at the two men to stop and called the police. Police rushed to the scene, and the person allegedly assaulting another also reported suffering injuries. After an investigation, one person was arrested and another person was detained for filing a false report.
Injured female Director of Tobacco Control Office last name was So (thirty-years-old). Her left arm was injured, but after taken to hospital for dressing she was physically stable. Two men arrested were Chui × Yiu (27 years old), who reported his bridge of nose was injured during confusion, requiring hospital tests, and then charged with suspicion of "attacks on public officer" offense; another man was Tang × kit (24 years old), who also reported suffering injury, but was confirmed to be a false accusation after investigation, and was immediately charged by the police.
The scene of offense was a karaoke nightclub in Sha Tin Plaza. On yesterday midnight at 2:48am, a team of Tobacco Control Office went to aforementioned site to conduct a surprise check-up to see if there was citizen violating the law to smoke in public places. Director So and colleagues found two men smoking in the nightclub who were in violation of the no smoking regulation, so the female staff requested identity cards and issued penalty tickets. However, someone was uncooperative and stirred up trouble with others shouting abusive language at the staffs. In chaos, female director of the Tobacco Control Office was pushed and fell on the ground suffering injury, and her colleagues immediately intervened telling the men to stop. At the same time, Chui also fell on the ground claiming he was hit, so the staff had no choice but to call the police. Police officers immediately rushed to the scene to keep everything under control. After police examined all stories, they arranged the two injured persons to hospital for injury assessment, at the same time starting an investigation. Police initially believed someone smoked illegally in the nightclub and assaulted another, so they arrested the two men.
In response to media's inquiry, Department of Health spokesman said female staff under attack was the Director of Tobacco Control Office, whose hand had abrasions and she was treated in a hospital and discharged. The spokesman also said the Tobacco Control Office do train front-line staff and provide guidelines for when they encounter unexpected events. From 2007 to date, the Tobacco Control Office has conducted over 27,000 inspections issuing 11,000 tickets.
Some Tobacco Control Office staff have said that they frequently encountered uncooperative and aggressive people and under attack when they prosecute violators, such that their safety is threatened.
Some nightclub staff has said that no smoking law has been implemented in the public places for some time, but there's difficulties to ban smoking entirely in restaurants, karaoke bars and nightclubs, etc..., and the reason is the ambiguity of powers and responsibilities, that food service providers do not have power of prosecution, and can only persuade smokers to extinguish cigarettes or using the reason of "someone complained" as an excuse to ask smokers to stop smoking. Staff say that this trick can work when they meet nice customers, but when customers are drunk or aggressive, in order to procure safety, they would only verbally persuade the smokers to extinguish cigarettes, because fist is near and those who suffer are always the staff themselves. Although nightclub has "monitoring" system, but for a smoking problem, the shop owner will not hurt business for a little issue, so under normal circumstances, owner will "one eye open, one eye closed" to placate the complainants by dismissing trivial matters such as smoking. The need to call the police is very rare, and it is due to fear of retaliation. At the same time, nightclub custumers generally comply with the rules of the "game". If things are not too severe, customers do not complain therefore the issue of smoking in pubs has not been able to improve.
Old man picking metal scrap entangled in legal issue
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old man suspected of sneaking into an abandoned stone house
A 60 years old hiker was found yesterday morning by patrolling police of sneaking into an abandoned stone house to casually pick up a few sticks of scrap metal to sell.
Arrested old man was sixty-years-old. Incident happened in Shing Mun Reservoir, in an abandoned stone house in Shing Mun Village. The stone house had an area of over a hundred feet, and house's inside filled with expire old newspapers and scrap metal. Ten o'clock yesterday morning, a team of police officers implemented inspection of anti-crime encountering the old man in the path when they saw the old man holding a few sticks of scrap metal which was strange to them, so the officers stopped the old man for questioning. The old man then admitted taking the scrap metal from the stone house. Thus, Police arrested the old man on suspusion of stealing and took him back to the station for Investigation.
A barrister said that existing legislation clearly explains the definition of burglary for stealing, that is, without the owners consent, intruding into a private place and "take away any articles" will be a "burglary", and is punishable by imprisonment of three years in accordance with legislation. Because this is to protect public property. He explained that in most people's consciousness, stealing money or valuables is only considered to be committing a serious offense. However, the provisions set out in existing legislation showed that as long as one illegally entered a private place, whether by stealing or theft of valuable items, such as eating a cup noodles of the head of the household or taking a shirt, that which will be the same as stealing money and jewelry, to which the police may invoke the relevant provisions for prosecution, but of course, the final sentence will be given by a judge on the level of leniency. He reminded people not to entrap themselves into unnecessary legal issues because of a moment of greed.
Eight-years-old sister takes care of a two months old baby due to having neglect parents
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Female defendant (person covering face) with eldest daughter(front) and another daughter were sent to hospital
bleeding baby was confirmed dead after sent to hospital
police collected evidence
Female defendant was anxious waiting in hospital
In order to fulfill her husband family's dream of a male heir, a young woman with only an IQ of 85, has been pregnant on four occasions in her 8 years of marriage hoping to give birth to a son, but instead giving birth to 4 girls. The young woman unaware of suffering from postpartum depression, and the husband coming from a single-parent family who does not know how to take care of the 4 girls, not only leave her daughters unattended at home with no food, but they also leave a two months old baby girl to their eldest daughter, an 8 years old girl, to take care of. On one night, the 2 months old girl suddenly has an unprovoked nose and mouth bleed, and the baby is confirmed dead of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome after sent to hospital. Parents of the four girls admitted to four counts of child neglect charges yesterday in the District Court, and the judge sent the two accused to jail waiting for reports, also the case was adjourned until March 11 for sentencing.
Described as 29-years-old female housewife, she and her 31-years-old husband who was a plumper were convicted of four counts of child neglect charges yesterday. The charges referred to the two in May 28, 2006 to July 1, 2007 in apartments of Shau Kei Wan and Tsuen Wan for neglecting four female children at the time aged eight, four, two and two months and 20 days old. The judge sent the two to jail during the period pending for the background check, psychological, and the current report from children's home by the Social department of the eldest and second daughters before sentencing. The judge made it clear that the case was serious, therefore considering jail term for the two accused, to which the two accused lowered their heads helplessly after listening.
The prosecution said that the two defendants originally lived with three daughters in Shau Kei Wan. And neighbors complained to social workers that the two defendants frequently left daughters unattended at home, so social workers made home visits and found that the seven-years-old eldest daughter was left at home with the third daughter who was only ten months old. There was no food and clean water at home, and 3rd daughter's soaked diapers was not replaced. The male defendant later returned home claiming he went out to find a job while the whereabouts of his wife was unknown. Social worker then reminded the two not to leave their children unattended at home, but soon after the family moved to Tsuen Wan.
In April 2007, female defendant gave birth to another daughter. Her aunt could not take care of their eldest daughter so she returned eldest daughter to the family. But the two defendants did not properly take care of their four daughters, not only did the two not prepared any supper when they went out, much less than making breakfast or waking their daughters up for schools or washing their uniforms. The two defendants who often went out, did not even notify their eldest daughter of their whereabouts or gave out emergency contact. If the 2 defendants did not go out, they were often sleeping at home.
The eldest daughter studying primary Two, as young as eight-years-old since then had to shoulder the responsibility of taking care of her sisters, who only witnessed her mom of holding up the youngest sister's head to draw milk from a milk bottle, which then was how she fed the 2 months old baby with milk, doing "wind sweeping" and washing milk bottles, and was also required to prepare dinner for her 2nd sister.
On June 30, 2007 morning, the eldest daughter found the youngest sister crying, so she woke her mother up to feed milk, but the female defendant ignored and continued to sleep. The eldest daughter had no choice but to mix formula with water, fed the baby and changed her diapers. When the male defendant returned home, he quickly went to sleep. After the female defendant made lunch for the daughters, she went out to pick up a friend discharged from hospital. Until 8 o'clock at night, the baby cried again, as usual the eldest daughter fed the baby milk and "wind sweeped" baby, but soon after baby vomited milk, to which the eldest daughter cleaned the baby up and put the baby on a bed, the eldest daughter then slept next by baby's side. That evening, after the female defendant picked up her friend discharged from hospital, went to a bar in Tsim Sha Tsui to drink alone. She returned home shortly after midnight and after bathing, she found the baby's mouth and nose was bleeding, and the baby was unresponsive. Immediately, she woke up her husband to take the baby to hospital but the baby girl was confirmed dead in hospital later. Medical report showed that the baby had no apparent injuries, simultaneously post-mortem reports and clinicians did not think the baby died of a non-natural death, believing that the girl died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This disorder is primary seen in infants less than 1-year-old, usually happens in sleep of death.
Social Welfare Department spokesman said that it is at no position to comment on ongoing court case and the case has been followed by non-governmental organizations and the Social Welfare Department. The three girls from the case are taken care by homes and relatives in Mainland China.
It is understood that the family has always been followed by Shau Kei Wan Caritas Integrated Family Service Center. After the family moved to the Tsuen Wan District in 2006, case was followed by the Social Welfare Department.
Case No.: DCCC 893/08
Abandoned phone booths
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telephone booth obsolete
In subway compartments, buses and on the street, everyone always has a cellphone in hand; from the elderly down to primary and secondary school students, if not sending SMS, then they'd talk non-stop, cellphones have become a part of our daily lives. However, in the last century in the nineties, public telephone booth was popular, one can see a long line of telephone booths on the street everywhere, and people queuing especially at Subway station, ferries terminals, and from time to time a group of Filipino domestic helpers, people gathered at a long queue to use the phone. With changing times, even a long line of telephone booths at Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier were removed, instead a few scattered in the streets bearing the cold wind alone. Passers-only treat the booths coldly, as if they have never been there, and only the tourists would glance at them, occasionally taking pictures with them. Rapid advancement of technology not only turn people lazy, but also make people stop cherishing, just as the telephone booth has become a boring street decoration.