In Brief

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 January, 2010, 12:00am

Mother kills herself, six-year-old daughter by burning charcoal

Police confirmed that a 33-year-old mother killed herself and her six-year-old daughter by burning charcoal in their Pok Fu Lam home on Wednesday night. No external injuries were found on the bodies. A cousin of the woman called police at 10.30pm after she was unable to contact the two at their home in Pok Fu Lam Road, Western District. The officers found the pair, both surnamed Wong, unconscious in a bedroom near a basin containing burned charcoal. They were certified dead at the scene. A note found in the house did not mention the reason for the homicide-suicide.

Dead bird may be avian flu case

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is investigating a suspected case of H5 avian influenza after a dead oriental magpie robin was found on Tuesday near the Hok Tau Management Centre in Pat Sin Leng Country Park. The department thoroughly cleansed the area around the management centre yesterday and said no commercial chicken farms lay within three kilometres of the spot where the bird was found.

Response to faeces feeding

The Social Welfare Department is reducing the number of places it buys from the Southern Centre for the Aged in Ku Tung, from 140 to 100, after one of its caregivers was found guilty of slapping a 65-year-old woman with dementia and forcing her to eat her own faeces.

Mark Six

No one won the first prize in last night's draw. The numbers were 26, 28, 31, 33, 40 and 41. The extra number was 19. Three tickets each won second prize of HK$606,525. Third prize paid HK$47,105.