DRUG ADDICT GETS 8 YEARS FOR PLOTTING BUS HIJACK
A drug addict was jailed yesterday for eight years for plotting the hijacking of a minibus and robbery of its passengers on Tai Po Road in February last year. The 12 passengers were robbed of more than $13,000, mobile phones and other items by three robbers who held the driver at knifepoint.
Chan Kee-nam, 37, a scaffolding contractor and father of five, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of arms and ammunition without a licence. Deputy District Court Judge Esther Toh Lye-ping described him as the mastermind behind the plot. The three men he recruited are still at large.
CONDITION OF FATHER IN CHOPPING CASE IMPROVES
The condition of a 61-year-old man, suspected of hacking his daughter to death and setting fire to their Kwai Chung flat, improved from critical to stable. The charred body of Lai Wing-yu, 20, was found with multiple stab wounds in the flat. The father was found clinging to drainpipes outside. He is in Princess Margaret Hospital under police guard. Police said a post-mortem examination had found the woman died of blood loss.
SUSPECTED THIEF FOUND ON LUXURY YACHT
A suspected thief was arrested on a luxury yacht at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Causeway Bay. A security guard found the 41-year-old man carrying a torch on the yacht at 2am. While the guard tried to overpower the man, another man waiting nearby, believed to be an accomplice, fled. Nothing was stolen.
JAILED FOR BRIBERY
Former fruit and vegetable wholesaler Wong Man-kwong, 51, was jailed for nine months in Kowloon Court for offering more than $12,000 in bribes to two warehouse attendants to win business from two Tao Heung restaurants between March 2002 and March 2003.
Two tickets each won first prize of $2,500,000. The numbers were 1, 5, 24, 25, 35 and 49. The extra number was 14. Three tickets each won second prize of $426,960. Third paid $29,960.