In Brief

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 August, 2010, 12:00am

Doctor tries to recover money stolen by bank officer

A retired doctor who had HK$5 million and US$130,000 stolen from her account and the accounts of her two sons by a bank officer sought to recover the money from the bank. Dr Tan Siew-main filed a writ with the High Court against bank officer Carrie Tsoi Ling-ling and Chiyu Banking Corporation. Tsoi, 40, was sentenced to two years and one month in prison on August 11 after she was convicted in the District Court of 29 counts of theft for stealing the money from the three accounts between 2001 and 2006.

Ex-Civic Party member pleads guilty to stealing donations

A former Civic Party member pleaded guilty in Eastern Court yesterday to stealing donations on a flag day. On August 7, Wong Kin-wai, 36, volunteered to sell flags for the Aids Foundation outside Shau Kei Wan MTR station. A passerby saw Wong holding the collection bag upside down, shaking it continuously and putting coins into his pocket. He stole HK$218.80. Magistrate Johnny Chan Jong-herng questioned why someone in his '30s would act like a primary school pupil. He adjourned sentencing until September 8.

Worker killed in airport accident

A worker died after being crushed between a truck and a cargo container at Asia Airfreight Terminal at the airport. He was taken unconscious to Princess Margaret Hospital after the accident at Chun Ping Road near a runway at 10.45pm. Officials are investigating.

Dehumidifier causes house fire

A family of four and their domestic helper were sent to hospital after a dehumidifier burst into flames in the living room of their village house at Mau Po Tsuen off Lung Ha Wan Road, Sai Kung, at about 4.45am. The man, 39, doused the flames before the firefighters arrived. Police blamed a short circuit. The man, his wife and their two children and helper felt unwell after inhaling smoke and were treated at Tseung Kwan O Hospital.

Eight held in drink-driving sweep

Police arrested eight drivers in a five-day operation against drink-driving. They were among 1,673 drivers who received random breath tests from Friday until Tuesday. Since the Road Traffic Legislation (Amendment) Ordinance - which empowers police to conduct random breath tests on drivers - came into effect in February last year, 94,571 drivers have been given random breath tests and 418 have been charged with related offences.

Infected man in critical condition

A 74-year-old man from Kwun Tong was in critical condition with a confirmed infection of Streptococcus suis, a bacteria from pigs, the Centre for Health Protection said.