Judge dismisses hung jury in fraud case
A woman tried for allegedly swindling HK$153 million from 14 banks with bogus invoices may face a retrial after Deputy Judge Andrew Chan Hing-wai yesterday dismissed the jury, which had been unable to reach a verdict. Ho Wai-ching, 43, had pleaded not guilty in the Court of First Instance to 14 counts of fraud. Her husband, Leung Chi-keung, 44, and Hui Po-keung, 50, were each convicted of 14 counts of fraud on Thursday for using false documents to get credit advances. Chan asked the prosecution to seek advice on a retrial. Sentencing of the two men was adjourned to Tuesday.
Newborn boy found in North Point rubbish bin
Detectives are investigating the discovery of the body of a newborn boy with the umbilical cord still attached in a rubbish bin in North Point at about 2.15pm yesterday. A cleaner found the baby in a plastic bag in the King's Road bin. Police asked anyone with information to call 2880 4357.
Man in serious condition with drug-resistant bug
A 55-year-old man was in serious condition in United Christian Hospital with a case of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the Centre for Health Protection said. Contacts of the man, who had been in good health, have no symptoms of infection by the drug-resistant bug.
Toxic fish traced back to Aberdeen market
The Centre for Health Protection has traced three cases of suspected ciguatoxin poisoning on Wednesday to coral reef fish bought from the same market in Aberdeen. The three victims, aged 57 to 72, were in stable condition in Queen Mary Hospital last night.
Six seized at airport for forged documents
Spot checks on 553 flights and 70 ferries at the airport led to the arrests of six people for possession of forged travel documents and activities linked to people trafficking.