City Briefs

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 January, 2007, 12:00am

district council chief acquitted on fraud charge

Tai Po district council chairman Cheng Chun-ping, 59, and his brother, Cheng Chun-hung, 65, were acquitted in the District Court yesterday of leasing government land to a garage business and pocketing HK$1.18 million in rent. They had been accused of falsely claiming councillor Mr Cheng had the right to lease the building. Judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong said a short-term tenancy agreement with the government gave the councillor the right to use the building.

FAMILY Awaits hospital report on fatality

The uncle of Cheng Fai-pang, 26, who died after falling from an escalator at a Mong Kok cinema on December 27, accompanied lawmaker Andrew Cheng Kar-foo to meet Kwong Wah Hospital's chief executive. The family will await the hospital investigation's report next week before deciding whether to sue the Hospital Authority. The family is angry that equipment at Kwong Wah Hospital was broken on the night of the accident and the hospital transferred the victim to Princess Margaret Hospital, instead of Queen Elizabeth, which was closer.

man survives fall after rolling out of bed

A drug addict narrowly escaped death when he fell from his 11th-floor home after rolling out a window while asleep. The 34-year-old man fell from the upper level of his bunk bed that was next to a window in Kam Tong Building in Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei. He fell onto a ventilation system of a restaurant located on the canopy of the second floor of the Kam Wah Building next door. His condition was stable last night.

year of the pig stamps

Special stamps for the Year of the Pig will be issued on February 4. The design for the four stamps incorporates traditional paper-cutting techniques in the spirit of the Lunar New Year. A special edition sheet of two stamps of the Dog and Pig embossed in gold and silver will also be released.

man held over drugs

A 22-year-old man, surnamed But, was arrested on suspicion of possession of five grams of suspected heroin, which police allege they found on him at about 3.20pm in Tin Shui Wai. A further 54 grams is alleged to have been found at the man's home. He was being held for questioning.

jail for bogus marriage

Mainlander Zhuang Daqing, 30, was jailed for 16 months for entering the city on a 90-day visa based on a marriage to a Hong Kong woman who he admitted in Sha Tin Court to paying 36,000 yuan to marry him in April.

patients taken ill

Four women aged 31 to 60 in a Castle Peak Hospital long-stay ward have developed symptoms of gastroenteritis, including vomiting and diarrhoea, since Friday. They have been transferred in stable condition to Tuen Mun Hospital.