In Brief

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 November, 2009, 12:00am

Study pressure led youth to attack neighbour, court told

The stress from striving for good grades in public examinations and his parents' continual pressure to study had caused Ho Kim-lui to develop an adjustment disorder that led him to attack his neighbour with a 4kg dumb-bell, the District Court heard yesterday. Ho, 18, a Form Seven graduate, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent on August 21 this year. His victim, Wong Shui-oi, had required six stitches to her head and seven to her fingers, which were injured during a struggle with Ho. The court was told Ho's parents had pressed him to study 20 hours a day to ensure he gained a place at university. Sentencing was adjourned to December 11.

Doctor received no benefit from prescribing drugs, inquest hears

A doctor who provided about 6,000 dangerous drugs at no cost to Anita Chan Lai-ling denied she had received any financial benefit from the late philanthropist. Dr Yau Yat-yin, Chan's radiologist goddaughter, was testifying at the Coroner's Court at the inquest into Chan's death. Gerard McCoy SC, representing Chan's family, asked Yau whether she had received substantial financial benefits. 'Impossible,' Yau replied. Chan, 69, died on October 17, 2007, with two painkilling patches on her neck.

Fares to rise on Star Ferry routes

Some ferry passengers will pay more from January as the Transport Department has approved fare rise applications by Star Ferry. The Hung Hom-Central and Hung Hom-Wan Chai fares will rise 20 to 30 HK cents from January 1, pushing adult fares to HK$6.30 and child fares to HK$3.20. The most recent increase, of up to 15 per cent, was in April last year. Star Ferry said the rise was necessary because low patronage on the routes had cost the company an annual loss of HK$2 million.