City Digest

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 June, 2011, 12:00am

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Animal cruelty case man's death treated as murder

Police launched a murder investigation into the death of a man who was arrested last month for shooting a kitten eight times with an air rifle in Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei. The 38-year-old died from multiple wounds at Kwong Wah Hospital after being left there yesterday morning by a man in a car who drove away. Police located the car within minutes and arrested the driver.

Driver held for knocking down and killing woman

A driver was arrested after his delivery van hit and killed an 86-year-old woman in San Wan Road near Fanling Wai shortly before 8am yesterday. The woman was taken to hospital and later declared dead. The driver, 49, who was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death, was released on bail. He will report back on July 28. Anyone with information should call police on 3661 3800.

Disadvantaged to benefit from additional payout

A one-off additional payment will be made to welfare recipients on July 5. The payment, which is available to recipients of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance scheme, the Disability Allowance and the Old Age Allowance, was one of the relief measures announced by the financial secretary in February to combat the effects of inflation and rising prices on people's livelihoods. The money, equivalent to one month's normal payment to each recipient, will be paid automatically through the existing welfare payment methods.

Cramped living spaces cause mental distress

A Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (HKFTU) survey this month found one third of 500 respondents were suffering from mental distress caused by cramped living conditions. Of these, 25 per cent were living in subdivided flats. The survey also showed more than one third of the residents in subdivided flats lived with family groups of three or more people. And 61 per cent of respondents lived in flats measuring 100sq ft to 200sq ft. The HKFTU is calling on the government to increase the supply of public housing and speed up urban redevelopment.