2 men quarrel, one ambush with a sickle

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    2 men quarrel, one ambush with a sickle

    source: takungpao

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    A bloody incident happened in a restaurant on Shui Che Kwun Street in Yuen Long yesterday where a local man was working out a bill with a Vietnamese that the Vietnamese man suddenly pulled out a two-feet-long sickle to attack another. In a struggle, the sickle was snatched away by the local man, and the Vietnamese guy was chopped straight on the head instead. The wound was deep enough that one could see his bone. The Vietnamese escaped to outside of the shop but collapsed on the street. Police arrived at the scene sending two injured to hospital, and the Vietnamese guy was arrested on suspicion of wounding.

     

    The arrested Vietnamese man (55 years old), had a 5 inches long head wound that it was so deep that one could see his bone, to which he was seriously injured that his life was in danger. Local man's surname was Liu (46 years old) who was also injured and he was later treated, and now in stable condition. According to sources, both were active in the Yuen Long District. At first, both minded their own business, but recently both had argument over interest.

     

    Incident happened at a restaurant on Shui Che Kwun Street on yesterday at 3:57pm. The two made an appointment to meet in the restaurant, during which they had a serious dispute, and the Vietnamese guy taking out a two-feet-long sickle attacked the local Chinese man. After a struggle, the Chinese man took away the sickle, during the struggle, to which the Vietnamese man's head suffered a blow, and fled the door wounded. Police officers arrived at the scene afterward, and they sent the injured local man to Pok Oi Hospital for treatment.

     

    Subsequently, citizens said they found a Vietnamese man lying unconscious in a pool of blood in Pau Cheung Square. Police arrived at the scene to take the injured to Tuen Mun Hospital, after an investigation the policed arrested him.


    Thief robbed 10 convenience stores in 30 seconds with a blade knife

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    Thief robbed 10 convenience stores in 30 seconds with a blade knife

    source: sun

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    Cheung Sha Wan officers took suspect to a convenience store in reconstructing the case.

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    Lightning "7-11 blade knife bandit" was arrested recently. This suspect used only 30 seconds each time to ransack 10 7-11 convenience stores in three weeks. Because his face was exposed, after the police analyzed the places he frequented, they instructed front-line police officers to pay attention and finally a police officer intercepted and arrested the thief in the streets of Sham Shui Po on yesterday midnight. Police found a small amount of "Little K" in his possession, and did not rule out that he was prepared to commit another crime.

     

    The arrested man, Cheung (27 years old), is unemployed, allegedly robbed 10 7-11 convenience stores in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories on the 28th last month to the 16th this month, of which 3 robberies on Hong Kong Island, 6 robberies in Kowloon and 1 in the New Territories, sweeping about more than 15,000 dollars.

     

    Kowloon West Regional Crime Unit Acting Superintendent Chung Chi-ming said the suspect specifically picking 3:00am to 5:30am night time to commit crimes, and target convenience stores were also located in remote areas. The suspect acted alone with no hat or mask, and the blade knife used was borrowed or stolen. At the time of the robbery, suspect using a blade knife threatened staff to open the cash register to sweep the cash, each time taking a few hundred dollars to 2000 dollars, and each robbery ended in 30 seconds. He then fled on foot or by taxi.

     

    Because the process of robbery was being filmed on closed-circuit television cameras, staffs also paid attention to the culprit's face providing useful information to the police. After Kowloon West Regional Crime Unit fifth team analyzed clues, they locked frequent areas that the thief appeared, and notified the front-line police officers to pay attention.

     

    Four o'clock early morning yesterday, Police officers patrolled the junction between Castle Peak Road and Ton kin Street and intercepted a suspicious man. They found a small amount of "Little K" in his possession, and due to his appearance matched the blade knife bandit, so police handed him over to Crime Squad. The robber admitted to the crime of 10 convenience stores robbery. Shortly after noon yesterday, the officers escorted the hooded suspect on the 4th of this month to Cheung Sha Wan Road, No. 681 7-11 convenience store reconstructing the case.

     

    According to sources the suspect was not a convenience store staff. The reason he was familiar with the operation of the cash register was that he had forced a staff to teach him how to open the cash register during the first robbery. Later he took advantage of what he knew and selected similar convenience store to commit crime. 7-11 spokesman said the company has guided staff on anti-theft and managing robbery process. Each shop had closed circuit televisions and alarms such that the company will regularly review the security procedures.


    Grandmom refuses to indulge grandson giving money away, grandson calls police to have metal gate open

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    Grandmom refuses to indulge grandson giving money away, grandson calls police to have metal gate open

    source: sun

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    Firefighters and Police arrive at the scene cuts over the gate to enter into the shop per the grandson's demand

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    Chan Yin-Wan (left) and brother-in-law have been trying to keep the family business, the gas lamp shop

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    "On Chong Gas Lamp", a pre-war shop in Yau Ma Tei, once having glorious days is now owned by a eighty-years-old female struggling to keep the property alone. As the shop's 4th generation owner, the grandson not only does not offer assistance in operating the business, but repeatedly demands money from grandmother. Grandmother is tired of him asking for money that on early morning yesterday, she simply refuses to open the door posing as deaf. Yet, the grandson calls the police claiming his grandmother is trapped causing the police and firefighters to cut down the locked metal gate. The grandmother sees the futile result of turning her grandson away, to which both sides at deadlocked for one hour, but in the end the soft-hearted grandmother gives 1000 dollars to grandson so that she can send him away.

     

    Female shopkeeper Chan Yin-wan, operates "On Chong Gas Lamp" with her husband before the war in Yau Ma Tei on 310 Shanghai Street. They bought the shop in the sixties, operating the shop in the front and living behind the shop. Chan's eldest grandson Wong (age 36) has bad habits who often goes to the shop to find grandmother requesting money. At about two o'clock in the morning yesterday, Wong visits Chan again, but Chan pretends she does not hear the knock on the door and refuses to open the door. Seeing no one opens the door after knocking for a long time, Wong calls the police claiming his grandmother is trapped inside the store. Police and firefighters seeing no one in the shop refuse to break into the shop, but Wong insists that his grandmother is in peril, so firefighters have to cut the lock gates entering into the shop, and find that Chan is well, only that Chan refuses to meet with her grandson and asks the police to send the grandson away. When Wong hearing that shouts, "This is my home, why should I leave!"

     

    Police seeing a robust Wong fear that he will stir up trouble that they send seven police officers on guard to the scene, but also advises him to leave. Wong refuses to leave, who also takes off his T-shirt sitting on a container, "one refuses to leave if one refuses to go", so police officers and firefighters have to persuade both sides. Opposition drags on for nearly an hour later, the female owner offers 1000 dollars to dismiss Wong. Chan later tells reporters that her grandson used to be innocent and obedient when he was a kid, who only turned bad after grow up. Earlier, she has already given up on him.

     

    "On Chong Gas Lamp" is established by Chan Yin-Wan's father-in-law before the war. The father-in-law operates and expands his business as an agent for Singapore and Germany brand name gas lamps, but with electricity and liquefied petroleum gas growing popular, gas lamp sales decline. After Chan's husband passes away in the latter 80s, because her son refuses to take over the business, Chan has no choice but to struggle to keep the shop alone, at the same hoping the grandson she raises will work in the shop as an assistant, but things do not turn out that way. Wong is Chan's eldest grandson who drops out of school after Form. 3 to work in the society, but has gone astray hanging out with triad committing drug-related offenses. When he turns over a new leaf, he says, "Grandmom is like a beacon, leading me all the way to the shop", only then he relapses again.

     

    Against Elderly Abuse of Hong Kong strongly condemns the grandson's behavior of demanding money, and believes the incident shows that the grandson abuses law enforcement officials and misappropriating property of the elderly. To prevent people from "insatiable" desires, the Association hopes police will keep a strict enforcement to protect the rights and interests of the elderly.


    Married woman took nude photos to express her loyalty to her lover in a extramarital affair, but was extorted for 250000 dollars

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    Married woman took nude photos to express her loyalty to her lover in a extramarital affair, but was extorted for 250000 dollars

    source: sun

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    The defendant denied criminal intimidation and blackmail charges

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    A married female clerk had an affair with a married colleague who was a paralegal to the point of not able to leave from the extramarital affair, even if her husband was aware of it, she still continued the development of their relationship. Yet, the female clerk's lover suspected of her "hooking up" to another that their relationship deteriorated. She claimed to be faithful, and even willing to take nude pictures. Unexpectedly, the female clerk was extorted 250,000 dollars for the nude photo, even the female clerk's father-in-law also received her nude photo, and the police finally arrested the suspect paralegal involved in the case.

     

    38-year-old paralegal Shek wing-hung denied a charge of criminal intimidation and two counts of blackmail. The case was brought before the Eastern District Court yesterday. 36-years-old woman Mrs. X conveyed her testimony behind a screen in the court. When she talked about being blamed for "hooking up" to another guy by her lover, her voice suddenly choked, cried in tears saying, "I am upset and was wronged ... I love him with all my heart, I put forward the condition (nude pictures) due to wanting to continue this love". Mrs. X married in 1998, and had a daughter. In 2004, she joined a law firm as a female clerk in Sheung Wan acquainting defendant who was a property office clerk (commonly known as a clerk) in the company. She recalled that in June 9, 2005, the defendant suddenly express his love to her. Though she was aware defendant had a family, she still accepted him. Since then, the two had sexual relations, from time to time they dated in hourly hotel. In October 2005, defendant said he revealed the extramarital affair to his wife and asked X to move in with him, to which X also revealed to her husband about the extramarital affair under a guilty conscience. At first, Mr. X was angry who also requested an individual meeting with the defendant to stop the two from seeing each other. But after the meeting, no one followed up, and Mrs. X even took on clerical duties unconditionally in defendant's newly established company. Until 2006, the defendant claimed to suffer from sexually transmitted diseases to Mrs. X, and also received a CD-ROM of photos with a nude woman. Although the photos revealed no appearance, the defendant took the photos out to contrast Mrs. X nude body in the hourly hotel, and insisted that Mrs. X "hook up to a guy" taking nude photograph, who also transmitted sexual diseases to him. After that their relationship deteriorated, the defendant was suspicious of Mrs. X, "Wear more clothes when we dine outside". Even if Mrs. X went to the doctor to prove that she was "innocent", the defendant still did not believe. In one of the time in hourly hotel, Mrs. X proposed to take a series of nude pictures. But after the photo shoots, the defendant also asked for a copy to give to his wife saying, "He said his wife needs a protection". On April 21, 2008, a group of a total of nine nude photos of Mrs. X was sent to her father-in-law's home. On May 7, Mrs. X and defendant also received the nude photos in the office. Then on May 9, Mr. X also received the nude photos. Later, someone called the police, to which the police arrested the defendant, charging the defendant for extorting Mrs. X of 50,000 dollars and 200,000 dollars separately.

    Case No.: ESCC 2561/08


    Wing On loses on final appeal, travel agent leaders won case of including tips into wages

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    Wing On loses on final appeal, travel agent leaders won case of including tips into wages

    source: sun

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    Tong Kim-Sheng seeks justice for travel agent leaders in the Court of Final Appeal.

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    Yesterday Lam Bik-san made the final victory in the Court of Final Appeal.

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    Although tip is travel agent leaders' main income, travel agencies has always not recognized tip is travel agent leaders' wages that greatly reduces the termination compensation of travel agent leaders. A travel agent leader who has left Wing On Travel had the final victory with Wing On of a lawsuit tangled for up to five years yesterday. The Court of Final Appeal rejected the admissibility of Wing On requesting tipping not to belong to wage appeal and confirmed travel agent leaders of including tips as the wages. Trade union leader estimates that the case will benefit more than 1000 travel agents leaders in each travel agency, involving compensation of more than one billion.

     

    Hong Kong's tourism industry (outbound) leader and leader of trade union chairman Tong Kim-Sheng said that the Court of Final Appeal's decision yesterday helped seek justice for travel agent leaders. The Union now receives 200 to 300 requests for assistance or claims, and believes there will be more travel agent leaders asking for help. There are more than 2000 full-time travel agent leaders currently, and it is estimated that more than half would benefit while the average compensation per person is about 1 hundred thousand.

     

    Tong Kim-Sheng said the union in today and tomorrow will be sending letters to all major travel agencies to discuss arrangements for wages and tips, and believes that the case will increase travel agencies 1 percent to 2 percent on cost, but will not lead to pressure for fare increases nor would trigger layoffs, only that the latter might lead to further exploitation of travel agent leaders by other means. In addition, the Union earlier had contacted the Travel Industry Council calling for reform in the current salary structure, to which the Travel Industry Council has formed relevant Committee in the hope to discuss the issue in depth later.

     

    Lam Bik-San who won the case joined Wing On as travel agent leader in 1997 until she left in 2004, during which her basic salary was only 1800 dollars, therefore her income came mostly from tips, but Wong On did not calculate in tips when calculating the compensation for her resignation. She and the other 14 colleagues had left Wing On later filed a lawsuit at the Labor Tribunal to recover from Wong On, but lost. She then appealed to the High Court, as a result she had a successful appeal, and subsequently the Court of Appeal also maintained the High Court's decision.

     

    Yesterday, when Wing On applying to the Court of Final appeal expressed that giving tips to travel agent leaders was not travel agencies, but tours. Although travel agencies proposed travel tours to give tips to travel agent leaders, but it did not mean the tours must paid tips while the amount of tips travel agent leaders received was not clear. Due to the above uncertainties, there are difficulties in calculating the tip, therefore the tip should not be included in wages.

     

    Yet, The Court of Final Appeal has ruled that "the Employment Ordinance" has set out that tip should be included in wages. Though travel agent leaders receive tips from tours, travel agent leaders have to share tips with travel agencies, local tour guides and drivers, coupled with tips in the calculation is not difficult , therefore tips should be included in the wages of the travel agent leaders. On the grounds for appeal, the Court of Final Appeal thought Wing On had no reason therefore the Court will not accept the appeal.

     

    Industry estimates the case will start a more than 1 billion recovery tide. Both Wing On Travel and Industry Council expressed disappointment with the ruling. The Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong said in order to cope with influx of travel agents provision, travel agencies had to prepare funds, so they have to raise fares to 10 percent, and some District Council members think the public will accept the fare increase. Xinhua Tourism and Kongtai travel agency all think the ruling would trigger a wave to recover wages.

     

    Cheung Lei-Ha, Director of Civilian Clothing Retail Trade estimates that about 50 percent of a total of 200,000 wage workers wages is commission, to which she believes that the beauty, hairdressing and massage and other industries will also take recovery action.

    Case No.: FAMV 55/08


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