In Brief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 July, 2009, 12:00am

Doctor defends taking data before going private

A former senior oncologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, who was accused of obtaining the personal details of 2,000 clients before he left for private practice, said he only wanted to use the information to notify the patients about his move for their benefit. Testifying at Kowloon City Court yesterday, Paddy Chan Tak-ming said he did not consider his actions to be inappropriate and that it complied with the professional code of conduct issued by the Hong Kong Medical Council in 2000. Chan, 46, has pleaded not guilty to one count of misconduct in public office and an alternative charge of obtaining access to a computer with a view to dishonest gain. The alleged offences occurred in 2007, the court heard.

Smugglers leap 7 metres and escape in speedboats

Twelve smugglers jumped seven metres down a waterfront slope and escaped in two speedboats when police closed in on their smuggling operation in Sai Kung. Police seized HK$1 million worth of computer hard disks that were in a delivery van at the scene. The men were seen moving boxes from the van, parked in Po Toi O Chuen Road, and throwing them down the slope at about 7.30am. Cushions had been placed at the bottom of the slope near the berthed speedboats. As police moved in, the men jumped down the slope and escaped.

Smoking stepfather set upon

Police arrested a 26-year-old man for assaulting his 60-year-old stepfather in a row over smoking. The dispute started when the stepfather was smoking in a flat in Un Chau Estate, Cheung Sha Wan. The man punched his stepfather, police said. The older man was treated for injuries to his head, neck and arm at Caritas Medical Centre.

Van driver trapped after crash

A delivery van slammed into the back of a truck that had broken down on the Tolo Highway in Sha Tin at 10.15am. The van driver, 48, was trapped and had to be freed. He was treated for head and leg injuries at Prince of Wales Hospital. The truck driver, 30, was unhurt.

Arrest as raids net obscene discs

Police arrested a man, 41, and seized 34,000 discs containing obscene material worth HK$1.38 million in a raid on five flats in Nathan Road, Shantung Street, Fa Yuen Street and Argyle Street in Mong Kok.

Fault with fan sparks flat blaze

A flat in Queen's Road West was damaged when an electric fan burst into flames. No one was in the flat when the blaze broke out at 1.15pm. Initial investigation showed a short circuit might have caused the blaze.

Energy-code exemptions mooted

The Environment Bureau has proposed exempting more small premises from proposed mandatory building energy codes.