Animal abusers to get tougher sentences
The penalty for cruelty to animals is to be increased to HK$200,000 and three years' imprisonment. An amendment bill approved yesterday by the Legislative Council raised the penalty from HK$5,000 and six months in jail for hitting, kicking or torturing animals. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the new penalty would send a clear message that animal cruelty would not be tolerated.
former sewco bosses face embezzlement charges
Two former executives and a serving senior executive of publicly listed Sewco International Holdings have been charged by the Independent Commission Against Corruption for allegedly defrauding a subsidiary of the firm of more than HK$7 million and embezzling company funds totalling more than HK$8 million. Former chairman Cheung Po-lun, 59, former chief executive officer Hui Kwok-chu, 46, and purchasing manager Jim Yin-ping, 46, will appear in Eastern Court tomorrow.
elderly woman second bus fatality in two days
An elderly woman was killed when she was hit by a double-decker bus in Mong Kok yesterday - the second fatality involving a bus in two days. Yeung Yu-lin, 80, was crossing Argyle Street when she was hit at about 7.20am. She sustained head injuries and was declared dead at the scene. On Tuesday, a 72-year-old woman died after being hit by a bus in Aberdeen.
ex-Wife stabs husband
Police arrested a woman for stabbing her ex-husband with a fruit knife in Choi Hung. They had been quarrelling in his house in Lung Cheung Road. The woman, 43, fled after the attack but her former husband managed to stop her. The man was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
market stall man chopped
A vegetable stall owner's legs and right arm were chopped by a masked man in Tsuen Wan. The vendor, 45, was working at his stall in the Yeung Uk Road market when he was attacked by a man wearing a black windbreaker and a cap.
clp pledges no price rise
CLP Power has announced it will not raise charges next year even though the company is under pressure from rising fuel prices. Managing director Betty Yuen So Siu-mai said the company was trying to control operational costs.