City Briefs

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 12:00am

truck driver held up, goods worth $14m stolen

Two men stole $14 million worth of electronic goods from a truck in Fanling yesterday after tying up and blindfolding the driver.

Lam Shui-kuen, 39, picked up 392 cartons of goods in Sha Tin at about 9am to deliver to the mainland via the Lok Ma Chau checkpoint. He stopped in Fanling to withdraw money from a bank just before 11am.

'Just after the driver got into his lorry, two culprits, one carrying a knife, jumped in, threatening him,' assistant Tai Po district commander (crime) Li Wai-chi said. 'The victim was pushed into the rear passenger seat where he was blindfolded and tied up.'

The lorry was found abandoned in Chuk Yau Road outside Sheung Chuk Yuen Village, Lok Ma Chau. A search failed to find the culprits or goods.

injured men arrested after lantau car crash

Two men were injured, one seriously, when their car overturned on Mui Wo Pier Road, Lantau, at 1am. John Buckle, 41, was later arrested for driving without a licence, and his passenger, Arshad Mughal, 39, was arrested for allowing an unlicensed person to drive his car. The two were treated at Princess Margaret Hospital. Buckle's condition was stable, Mughal's serious.

guard gets 6 years in jail for sex assaults on girls

A security guard was jailed for six years for sexually assaulting three girls near the building where he worked. Wong Kwai-wing, 33, was sentenced in the District Court after pleading guilty last month to five counts of indecent assault against the girls, aged five and six, between September 2003 and December last year.

woman jailed for tricking friends out of millions

A housewife has been jailed for four years for tricking friends into parting with millions of dollars in a bogus investment scheme.

Tang Lai-ying, 50, was sentenced in the District Court after pleading guilty to three counts of fraud last Wednesday. The court heard she raised $5.7 million and spent more than half on gambling and gold ornaments.

HK shines at olympiad

Students brought home a gold, three silvers and a bronze from this year's International Mathematical Olympiad. Hong Kong placed 17th, with China first, at the event in Mexico. Teams from 91 countries and regions took part.

arrest over taxi standoff

A man who refused to leave a taxi was arrested after allegedly assaulting a police officer. The taxi driver sought police help after his passenger paid but refused to get out at the junction of Lockhart Road and Percival Street just before 3am.

empty goods van stolen

An empty goods van was stolen from a garage on Kam Tin Road in Sheung Tsuen, Pat Heung, at about 9am. Police said a chain that locked the main entrance gate had been cut.