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A 5 feet 1 31 years old poses as a kid to trick 31 people for cellphones
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"I lost my wallet, am afraid dad and mom will yell at me......" A 5 feet 1, 31 years old man who has 42 times similar deceiving case, is an unemployed Chinese. He poses as a kid to win sympathy from passers-by saying he lost his wallet and his parents will give him a hard time on streets, including outside of Hong Kong and Kowloon La Salle Primary School and other schools. One after another, he has borrowed cellphones or video games from 31 passers-by, to which he would claim to explaining to his parents that he uses the money to buy those goods. Once the guy got what he needs, he flees right away. All passers-by lose a total property of 64,000 dollars. The arrest of the unemployed man pleads guilty in the District Court and remanded in custody pending for trial.
Standing about 5 feet 1 inch defendant Lee Wei-Hung, have thick brows, big eyes and a dark complexion, that appearance and voice are match his real age, but he can still swindle many passers-by with his height. He acknowledges to 31 charges of obtaining property by deception and one count of possession of a drug offense, to which the prosecution refers to an increase for similar offenses applying for additional sentence, and the judge will give his sentence next Wednesday.
Crime happened on 2008, June 2 to September 26, the defendant had contacts with 31 persons aged between 12 to 21 years-old for 28 times. Each time, he falsely claimed that he accidentally lost his wallet or cash, that he "was afraid his parents would yell at him" asking victims to borrow items such as cellphones or video games to explain to the parents he had used lost money to buy those items in order not to be scolded; when well-wishers loan goods, the defendant told the victims to wait for his return, but the result was the defendant never came back.
The court also pointed out that the defendant chose places where young people frequented such as the Tai Po Mega Mall and Adventure Theme Park, etc.; the defendant had also committed crime outside of the La Salle Primary School, Lutheran schools and God Tong Ming Yuan secondary school, while there were many times crime happened in the subway station or on the buses. Most of the victims were deceived of a cellphones or small amount of cash, while which several victims were cheated out of their PSP or Octopus card, and a total value of goods being cheated was 64,000 dollars.
Until September 26 last year, police found defendant on Sai Yeung Choi Street in Mong Kok, so they arrested him and found 10 pills commonly known as "10 seeds" drugs in his possession. Defendant said after he spent all stolen goods through pawning the items.
Case No.: DCCC 1170/08
The youngest victim was 11 years old. According to the defense lawyer, defendant's mom left when defendant was 12 years old, and his dad died in 2007. His public housing was even taken back. At the same time he lost his ID card after released from jail in December, but he could not find a job so he had been homeless which caused him to commit crimes. Defendant was sentenced to 45 months
Hong Kong people spending habit polarized in Chinese New Year
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Poon Kuen-fei says that business is surprisingly good
Siu Wing-Chuang says that under poor economy, customers pinch to the last dollar and cent when buying candy
The Lunar New Year is fast approaching, and the street is crowded with people to prepare for the New Year. Although under the impact of economic instability, some dried foods stores said business this year is better than last year, and they believe it has to be more Hong Kong people staying in Hong Kong to celebrate the New Year, in addition to sharp price cuts of dried foods that many business revenue increase. Hong Kong Dried Goods and Grocery Merchants Association President Michael Mak says that current consumer spending polarized that some people reduce spending and some buy expensive goods as usual. When two sides balance, they have confidence to maintain revenue.
Lunar New Year is coming only in a few weeks, and dried goods store on Sheung Wan Street is packed with people preparing for New Year. Poon Kuen-fei in charge of On Gei Dried Foods says they worried about this year's market since September last year of the outbreak of the financial crisis. They were so anxious that they couldn't sleep thinking that if revenue drops 30 percent is most fortunate, which is why they come up with price cuts to keep the business. He says they have never expected such a positive response and they have been busy starting from December, to which December turnover is more than the revenue of the same month in previous year, which is a double-digit growth. He estimates that New Year sales will have a 5 to 10 percent growth this year selling in small sale and quick sale.
Poon Kuen-fei says that this year products are at discount prices to attract customers. The more popular traditional New Year foods such as mushrooms, fish maw, dried scallops and Japan abalone are in prices lower than cost to benefit the customers. "For example, canned abalone from Australia, the usual sale price of 250 dollars is now sold as 198 dollars, that is cheaper than the cost price; also, Japanese abalone sold at 8000 dollars per 500 grams last year, at present, price cuts down to 4800 dollars per 500 grams that customers are eager to buy".
"Although the increase in turnover, but because many goods are price promotions, revenue is little, so they can only gain revenue selling frequently.", Poon Kuen-fei says that employees are too busy, and business rebounds this year, so he will be distributing double pay and bonuses, also, bonus amount this year increases more than last year.
Hong Kong Dried Goods and Grocery Merchants Association President Michael Mak says that the industry's business is initially affected by the economy, but business has gradually picked up. "Hong Kong people are still rich, so they will not save when buying goods in the New Year." He says that high prices dried seafood has never been universal that it is not common festive food while the rich will not save just because the economy is poor. "Price promotion is only merchants gimmicks, dried goods prices has been raised too high in previous years due to the economy boom, this year price is only dropped back to moderate price, so I believe the industry business will be similar to last year's business".
"At present, spending is polarized. Some reduce spending to save, some continue to buy expensive goods as usual that they will not save on several thousand, hundred thousand dollars", Michael Mak says that there is confidence in the business to keep revenue when there's a balance. "There are still frequent customers buying expensive seafood for New Year. Some spend more than 50,000 dollars to buy dried abalone, shark's fin and dried scallops that they are not affected by the economy."
Some people of course would like to take the opportunity of a financial crisis to purchase goods at a great price. Mrs. Ko who has shopped around 2 to 3 times says she will buy after assessing prices and expects this year's spending to be slightly reduced. On the other hand, Mr. Leung who has spent hundred thousand buying dried seafood says that holiday can't have without dried abalone and scallops, and he goes to Shang Wan to shop for New Year goods every year. Even if the economy is poor, New Year meal has to be nice. He says that this year's high prices goods is indeed much cheaper than before, so he will buy more to stock.
On the other hand, businesses that sell only candy and other New Year snack shop say customers change spending patterns, to which they will assess and calculate down to one dollar and cent. Snack owners say this year's Chinese New Year candy businesses will be down by 20 percent compared with last year, but businesses refuse to have price cuts.
Shun King Trade Co., Ltd., in Sheung Wan has the franchise of New Year candy and snacks. The shop owner, Siu Wing-Chuang, says this Chinese New Year's business is poorer that the average spending is lower than last year, and he anticipates the business during Chinese New Year will fall 20 percent than last year. "Impacted by economy, many customers have changed spending patterns who will only choose low-priced Chinese New Year candy spending an average of only tens of dollars.", Siu Wing-Chuang says in the past many mainland Chinese customers have bought candy at his place, spending two thousand to three thousand dollars each time, which is several tens of dollars more than local customers. But due to the financial crisis, number of Mainland Chinese customers have been reduced. But he is most baffled by customers not saving on higher price goods, they would pinch to the last one dollar and cent, yet they are willing to buy expensive goods such as dried seafood. Siu Wing-Chuang says that although business has dropped, but he refuses to have price cuts, because products have a value of up and downs, so he does not want to sell lower than products cost. He admits that he is not concern about New Year business, but business after New Year because business will become slow.
Suspect escaped from police station when left unattended in Sha Tin police station
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1. Female suspect arrested for assaulting a police officer and taken to station
2. There was an error during handover that the female suspect escaped
3. Female fled from the police station when no one monitored
A woman wanted for wounding case was arrested yesterday on 3 counts of charges including stealing drugs, assaulting a police officer and failing to produce identity document. She was detained in Sha Tin Police Station for investigation, during which she was left unattended in the room, and escaped taking advantage of a shift change. Police suspected some police officers neglecting duty, as well as police station having security loopholes. The case was referred to Sha Tin District Crime Squad for a thorough investigation, at the same time, the woman was wanted as fugitive to justice.
Nine o'clock last night, a female suspect by last name To (age 31) suspected of stealing painkillers and other drugs in a pharmacy near Sha Tin, Tai Wai Hong Kong Railway Station. A pharmacy staff discovered her stealing so the staff called the police. Police received a report sending uniform officers to the scene, but To resisted and assaulted a police officer, at the same time failed to produce identity document. After preliminary investigation, uniform police officers arrested To, and brought her back to the Sha Tin Police Station for further inquiries by the Criminal Investigation Team.
At midnight yesterday, the female suspect, To, was handed over to the Criminal Investigation Team by the uniform police officers, during which she was put into a room for continued investigation. But the room was once without the presence of police officers, as when police officers entered into the room, the female suspect had disappeared without a trace. The police searched everywhere in the police station for the female suspect, but they could not find her. Investigation is now transferred to the Sha Tin District Crime Squad Third Team.
Police had summoned the uniform officer and Crime Investigation Team officer responsible for the handover of the female suspect, at the same time police reviewed all closed-circuit videotapes of police station entrances and exits, in order to find out how the female suspect fled from the police station. Police spokesman confirmed that the female suspect brought back to Sha Tin Police Station had left without authorization during the investigation, so the police are seeking her whereabout, and will try in various ways to investigate the case.
17 years old youth was bashed on head by gang
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Injured semi-conscious due to head bashing
Lawless rampage of teenage gangs in Kwai Chung who ambushed a 17 years old youth yesterday midnight, in which the youth was hit on the head by water pipes and bricks. The victim fled into a convenience store in a shopping mall to avoid gangs afterward, but the gang pursued and surrounded the victim beating him, to which the victim was bashed on the head by glass bottles and fell to the ground unconscious. After the gang got what they wanted, they fled in different directions and no arrest had been made temporarily.
Injured youth's surname was Lo (17 years old). Blood covered his face, appearing to be in serious condition when he was sent to hospital. After he regained conscious, he reported to the police that he did not know the reasons for the attack. The police will investigate the background of his life, and did not rule out the incident involving revenge. The dozen assailants involved in the case aged about 15 to 20 years old. The convenience store involved in the case also fell victim to this unexpected calamity, to which all items on shelves were swiped down, all goods broken and scattered all over on the floor.
On yesterday late night at 4:14am, the 17 years old youth walking home alone, when passing outside a construction site, a dozen gang armed with water pipes and bricks suddenly lunged at him. Loud roaring frightened the youth so the youth ran. The youth ran about 100 meters to a housing estate mall, in panic ran into a convenience store, thinking he could escape this gang when there were other people around. Yet, the gang was not daunted, swiping down shelves so that the youth could not escape, following with the use of water pipes and bricks lunging at the youth hitting and bashing the youth like mad. Some gangs even taking glass bottles from the shelves bashed on the youth's head like mad, and the battered youth immediately had blood covering his whole head. The youth was so beaten up that fell to the ground semi-conscious. At this time, the gang finally fled.
Convenience store staff could not stop the gang so he called the police. A large number of police constable arrived and sent the injured youth to hospital for treatment, at the same time searched for the assailants in the vicinity, but the police did not find any. On the other hand, convenience store was a messy, with broken glass and display of goods scattered all over the floor. Bricks were left on the group, which was believed to be involved in the incident as weapons, so police officers had seized them as exhibits and were looking for the whereabouts of the culprits.
Some senior social workers said the gravity of gang problem in Kwai Chung has become "a community bomb". In many housing estates, a group of youths would stayed up in the middle of the night stirring up trouble, and they relied on group size to bully and can be violent at any time.
Gamble addict tried to jump, but had acrophobia and was trapped on canopies
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Chuk was willing to return to the house, and was sent to hospital for checkups
A gambling addict owed 80, 000 dollars debt to loan sharks, and he requested his ex-wife to sell their house to get the money to pay the debt. But ex-wife sternly reprimanded and refused, the gambling addict then climbed out of his apartment onto the canopies threatened to jump off the building, however he was scared and was trapped on the canopy, unable to move. Neighbors found him instead so they called the police. Firefighters rushed to help him return to the house, to which his left foot was injured and sent to hospital for medical treatment.
Man threatened to jump from a height was Chuk X Shen (49 years old). Sources said Chuk is a new immigrant who moves back to Dad's place living with dad after he and his wife divorce, but he has a gambling addiction that he loses more than wins. In addition to asking family members for money, he also lives his life by stretch, relying on by borrowing to make ends meet who earlier borrows money from loan sharks owing 80,000 in debt. Due to his inability to repay money and fear of being chopped up at any time, he looks for his ex-wife requesting to sell the house for cash. However, his ex-wife is ballistic after hearing his request and yells at him to "Go to hell".
Three o'clock yesterday afternoon, in To Kwa Wan Han, there was a old building on Chun Fat Street where Chuk was despair inside his dad's home on fifth floor. When his father wasn't looking, Chuk climbed out of the window and stood on dangerous canopies threatening to commit suicide by jumping off the building. However, he had acrophobia who held onto clothes rack and couldn't move. Some passersby witnessed the incident and called the police. Firefighters immediately rushed to the scene and after half an hour, Chuk surrendered because of acrophobia and allowed firefighters to take him inside the home. Afterward, he was sent to the hospital for examination.