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Poor old man set fire attempting to kill self because of eviction
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old man sent to hospital suspect of arson
A poor old man with no family depends on a piece as meal daily, in addition of owing rent for several months, he could become homeless after the New Year. Yesterday on the eve of Lunar New Year in his cubicle in Wan Chai, a surge of loneliness and despair seeped into him that he set fire to newspapers attempting to self-immolation. Fortunately, fire extinguished itself, but his face blackened by smoke and had to be sent to hospital because he was sick chocking. This poor old man was arrested on suspicion of arson, and might had to spend the New Year in a police station.
The Old man with surname Fu (61 years old) lived in a cubicle of a flat on Hennessy Road. In the flat there were three rooms, to which another 70 years old woman currently living in the room. Neighbors said that Fu had been living at the site for more than a decade. Originally he lived with his mother, then his mother died, so he was the only one left, at the same time he lost his job two to three months ago. Neighbors saw him buying two to three pounds of bread and Chinese Cabbage as meals everyday. Because he already had not paid rent for several months, the landlord had sent an eviction letter asking him to leave after the Chinese New Year.
At 10 o'clock yesterday morning, Neighbors saw Fu on the street buying bread, but he only bought a pound. Someone once asked why he bought less, Fu replied that, "Saving one dollar at one time". Until noon , smoke and charred smell came from Fu's room, to which the female neighbor inquiried by knocking on door, but no one gave response. Alarmed, and she asked neighbors for help in the building. A neighbor rushed to break down the door, and stunned to see Fu lying on the ground, beside him was charred newspapers, magazines and plastic bags. Apart from Fu's blackened face, he suffered no external injuries, so neighbor left.
The female neighbor worried that fire might start again, so she hit the safety bell for help, letting social workers to assist to call the police.
Subsequently, ambulance staff took Fu to the hospital. After investigation, Fu admitted of arson because he was depressed, and the police did not rule out the possibility of an attempted suicide. After treatment, Fu was discharged, but was arrested on suspicion of arson. He could be spending New Year in police station cell because he might not have money for bail.
Female shop owner kicked the robber's lower private part to stop robbery
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Yesterday midnight, a frequent customer robbed a liquor store in Sai Kung who kept pulling the female owner's hair banging her head to a wall, but she fought back by aiming at his lower private part constantly kicking it. Both sides entangled from inside the shop to the street, and after fighting for five minutes, the robber finally left without any loot. But, he was intercepted by police officers and arrested in the vicinity. It was learned that the arrested robber had substance use habit, police did not rule out he committed crime under the influence of drugs.
At three o'clock in the morning yesterday, the female owner Lau (age 47) watched the liquor store by herself in Sai Kung, during which a frequent male customer nicknamed "Ah gen" of surname Cheng (26 years old) entered the store looking sluggish when he approached the cashier counter. When Lau asked him what he wanted to buy, Cheng automatically pulled open a drawer forcibly snatching money, so Lau seeing this immediately jumped at him to stop him. However, Lau's hair was pulled, yet she tolerated the pain trying to fight back by kicking Cheng's lower private part. In chaos, coins scattered on the ground, and both fought from inside the shop to outside of the street, even pushing over a motorcycle down in front of the store. Due to wee hours of this incident, there was no one to help Lau.
Both sides entangled for five minutes, Cheung saw it was difficult to succeed, therefore he fled. Lau seeing her hands injured, called the police for help. At the scene, her hand was put on dressing but refused to be sent to hospital. Afterward, the Emergency Unit officers patrolled in the area, and arrested Cheng in the government parking lot in the vicinity. Cheng claimed that he had discomfort so he was taken to a hospital.
The female shop owner showed her injury and described how she was robbed.
Robbery suspect was sent to hospital
A rare and huge accident in Lok Ma Chau where a drunk driver took 6 lives
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Seven o'clock yesterday morning, a New Territories taxi was hit head-on by a medium sized vehicle on Castle Peak Road at Lok Ma Chau, killing a taxi driver and five passengers, total of 6 dead. The photo shows a large number of police officers in investigation of a car accident.
In Castle Peak Road, in Hong Kong Lok Ma Chau, a terrible accident occurred yesterday morning due to drunk driving resulting in 6 dead 1 injured. 5 bar-benders/structural iron and steel workers rushed to Ho Sheung Heung Lo Wu Correctional Institution reconstruction site by taxi for the last day of work. They traveled to Chau Tau and suddenly a 16 tons truck with license plates of two borders smashed into the taxi. The taxi slided 50 meters, after which was crushed by the overturn truck, to which the taxi driver and the five passengers died on the spot. The truck driver causing the accident only suffered minor injuries. When he took an alcohol test later, it was confirmed that alcohol level exceeded nearly 4 times for drink driving and he was arrested for dangerous driving causing death. Also, HKSAR Chief Executive Donald Tsang rushed to the scene to inspect four hours after the accident.
The 6 innocent people died in a car accident aged from 30 to 54 years old, all of whom were bread-winners of their family. After the accident, dozens of bar-benders families arrived at the scene to understand the situation witnessing the tragic death of their relatives that they all wailed with pain. Meanwhile, arrested by the police of drink driving and dangerous driving causing death, the truck driver was Lo X Kuen (41 years old) who undergo an alcohol breath test confirming the alcohol concentration of 93 micrograms that exceeded nearly 4 times. His 16 tons truck had a "Yue S" prefix Dongguan license plate. Superintendent Lee Hong-man of New Territories North Traffic Accident Investigation and Support Division said the police will follow on two drivers health status, whether they were speeding, and 2 car mechanical failures, such three aspects to investigate and determine the cause of the accident.
The incident occurred on yesterday morning about 7:10am where a 54-years-old New Territories taxi driver Yue Yat-hing picked up 5 bar-benders at the Lok Ma Chau bus station driving along the two-lane carriageway of Castle Peak Road towards Sheung Shui, across from 76K bus stop at Chau Tou Village when a truck from opposite lane lost control and crossed into the lane taxi driver was driving. Because there was no way the taxi could avoid the collision, taxi was hit head-on.
After the impact, taxi was forced back of more than 50 meters, then spun in 180-degree, crashed into 6 meters bars on pedestrian road destroying the bars, and shoveled on the pavement before coming to a halt. The truck on the other hand overturned to the left and fell on the taxi, and the body of the truck occupied two lanes. The front of the taxi was almost entirely flattened, the right front wheel flew off, distorted, seat belts broken, and a large number of debris scattered on the road, to which some villagers and motorists quickly called the police.
A large number of firefighters were called to the scene to cut open the taxi roof with heavy tools, rescuing the trapped taxi driver and 5 passengers one by one, but they were confirmed one after another, and six corpses were placed along the roadside and covered by tent. Later, the bodies were taken to Sha Tin Fu Shan Mortuary until relatives identified the bodies and the bodies went through examination for the cause of death. As for the truck driver causing accident, he was also trapped and needed to be rescued by the Fire Services. Yet, he only suffered minor injuries and covered by alcohol smell. He undergo an alcohol breath test and was arrested due to excessive alcohol level, who was taken to police station for investigation.
Those passersby were appalled by the accident. "The taxi driver seems to have lost his head......" Lau, a Chau Tau Tsuen villagers recalled after witnessing the terrible accident. There was was still lingering fear as he described it, he said he was cycling in the village when he heard a loud bang outside of the village, so he immediately went to the entrance of the village and saw an overturned truck crushing a taxi. The damaged taxi was packed with people inside, and probably because the driver's neck was snapped, Lau misconstrued the taxi driver to have "lost his head".
The 50-years-old Lau added that in addition of mistaking the taxi driver losing his head, he once had eye contact with one of the passengers in the rear compartment of the taxi. At that time, that passenger was conscious and looked at him helplessly, and not long after the passenger closed his eyes who no longer had movement in the taxi. Therefore, Lau quickly reported the police, and rode his bike away until rescue workers arrived at the scene one after another. Later, after watching television news, Lau learned that the 6 people in the taxi were all dead, and Lau felt uneasy with a devastated and depressing mood.
Mortuary worker admitted taking bribe, sentenced to 150 hours community service
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A bribery scandal broke out in Fu Shan Mortuary in Sha Tin
A staff of Sha Ta Kung Fu Shan mortuary was bribed by a funeral company to help facilitate the funeral company to garner business in the mortuary. Originally, the staff pleaded not guilty, but he suddenly pleaded guilty before the case. Yesterday, the staff was sentenced to 150 hours of community service in Sha Tin Magistracy. In response to case, the Department of Health spokesman stressed that the mortuary management had reminded staff to take a zero-tolerance attitude to illegal activities.
The magistrate judge said the defendant as a public servant to accept interest is a very serious crime that involves a breach of good faith. In general, he should be sentenced to imprisonment, but taking into account the defendant would lose pension being remanded in custody for several days, and the amounts of money involved in bribery was not huge, so the magistrate gave the defendant an opportunity. On the other hand, the defendant appeared to be simple during the trial, even "quite stupid" to say the least, so the magistrate believed he had repented after the crime, therefore he sentenced the defendant to community service instead of imprisonment. Mortuary staff Cheung chi-hung (58 years old) was taken to the court to accept ruling yesterday. After he heard the judgment to be community service, he obviously "breathe a sigh of relief", and did not forget to thank the magistrate.
The defendant was a I level Fu Shan Mortuary worker who was responsible for cleaning and processing documents and other tasks. In April 2006 to April 2007, he was transferred to the mortuary as attendant helping forensic with autopsy, and had authority to check the deceased information and sent to room. The defense pleaded that the defendant was originally scheduled to retire in two years, this conviction will definitely lose years of pension, that is, a big punishment to the defendant, so the defense pleaded the magistrate to give a light sentence.
In October 2006 before the Mid-Autumn Festival, in February 2007 before the New Year and in September before Mid-Autumn Festival, Cheung accepted bribery from a funeral company owner of 300 dollars "lai-see" (red pocket) and a moon cake coupon as exchange for allowing him to wait outside of the mortuary in advance for the family of the deceased to hawk business.
The prosecution earlier showed a video of the defendant with the police, who said he regularly disclosed receiving a deceased body to the funeral company owner 8 to 10 times each month. When the other party heard the information, he would send staff to the mortuary "touting for business." The defendant also said that the owner gave him "red pocket" in holidays, to which he received a total of 300 dollars and a moon cake coupon in one year, during which he had free breakfast many times.
2 men quarrel, one ambush with a sickle
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blood left on floor
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.