City Briefs

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 March, 2005, 12:00am

BOC suing employee for alleged $6m loss

Bank of China (Hong Kong) yesterday filed a $6 million High Court writ against a senior financial services officer at its Tai Yau Street branch in Kowloon, Wong Shui-hing, claiming she misappropriated money. The writ also names her husband, Tse Hau-yan, and her mother, Lam Po-chu.

It says that between September 27, 2001, and last December 9, Wong repeatedly induced customers to sign documents transferring money to her husband and mother. It also says Wong used a customer's password to make a transfer using the bank's telephone system.

It says she 'dishonestly, falsely, fraudulently, unlawfully and illegally misappropriated $6,845,641.69' of the bank's money.

The bank refused to say if it had reported the case to police.

Rare turtle stolen from Botanical Gardens

An endangered turtle worth about $20,000 was stolen from the Zoological and Botanical Gardens in Central yesterday, the second theft in eight months. The 2kg, 35cm-long leopard turtle, which is native to Africa, was taken from an enclosure fenced off with plastic sheets some time before 4pm. None of the other turtles with it were stolen. Police said the turtle might be sold on the black market because it was a valuable endangered species. A licence is needed to import, export or own such turtles. Security in the gardens was tightened after four triple-striped box turtles worth about $50,000 were stolen from a cage last July.

Nine injured in crash

Nine people were injured when a bus and tow truck collided at the junction of Nathan Road and Prince Edward Road West in Mongkok. The injured, including both drivers, were taken to hospital, where a 24-year-old woman remained in stable condition last night.

Briton's bail extended

Police extended the bail of a British man arrested in connection with an attack on an expatriate financial consultant outside a Rugby Sevens party. No charge has been laid against him. The 25-year-old man was required to report back to police tomorrow.

Mark Six

No one won first prize in last night's draw. The numbers were 6, 9, 13, 21, 46 and 47. The extra number was 12. Three tickets each won second prize of $482,220. Third prize paid $33,545.