In Brief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 March, 2009, 12:00am

Tomb-raid defendant was playing mahjong, court told

A defendant in the Li Ka-shing tomb raider case was playing mahjong on the night several men tried to break into the grave of the tycoon's wife, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday. Yau Moon-mui testified that Lau Kwok-sun was at her flat in Yuen Long from 7pm until after 11pm on January 29, 2006. This contradicted allegations that Lau had driven several mainland men to a cemetery in Chai Wan that night to steal valuables from the grave. Prosecutor Francis Lo Hing-cheung suggested the defence witness had lied for her former neighbour, a claim she denied. Lau and Wong Kwan-fuk, the plot's alleged masterminds, have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to blackmail and criminal damage charges. Jurors are expected to begin deliberations tomorrow.

73-year-old man attacks hygiene officer with metal hook

A Food and Environmental Hygiene Department officer was attacked with a metal hook, bitten and kicked when trying to issue a HK$1,500 fine to a 73-year-old litterer in Yau Ma Tei yesterday. The man was caught leaving rubbish at the junction of Reclamation Street and Waterloo Road at 3.30am. Police arrested him on suspicion of assaulting and obstructing a public officer, and possessing an offensive weapon. The officer was discharged from Kwong Wah Hospital after treatment.

Boat worker critical after fall

A worker was fighting for his life at Queen Mary Hospital after falling about 7 metres from a ladder on board a lighter off Yau Ma Tei. Police said the man, 46, injured his head and limbs when the ladder broke.

Cab passenger kicks policeman

A policeman was assaulted while investigating a quarrel over a taxi fare in Yeung Uk Road, Tsuen Wan, at 4am. The male passenger, 45, refused to show the officer his identity card, shouted abuse at him, and kicked and scuffled with him before being overpowered. He was arrested for assault and obstruction. The officer was treated at Yan Chai Hospital.

Four hurt in gang rampage at pub

Police are looking for 10 attackers, aged between 20 and 25, after three customers and an employee were assaulted in a pub in Yu Chau Street, Cheung Sha Wan, around 2.30am.

Bus knocks down pedestrian

A 26-year-old man was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment of head injuries after being knocked down by a Kowloon Motor Bus in Argyle Street, Kowloon, at noon.

Five held after restaurant brawl

Police arrested five diners - three men and two women - after an argument between them turned into a fight at a restaurant in Chui Lok Street, Tai Po, at about 2am.