Taxi fares to rise from Sunday
Taxi fares will rise from Sunday when the flagfall for urban taxis is increased from HK$18 to HK$20. For New Territories taxis, the new flagfall price will be HK$16.50, and for Lantau cabs HK$15. The new fare table must be displayed in taxis from Sunday and cabbies must write down the new fares on receipts until their metres are recalibrated.
Two arrested in murder probe
Police arrested a man, 24, and woman, 27, in a Sham Shui Po flat in connection with the murder in Yau Ma Tei of a 38-year-old toy salesman. The victim was taken to Kwong Wah Hospital by car on June 29 and later died of multiple wounds. Before his death police had questioned him over the shooting of a kitten with an air rifle in Temple Street. A man, 36, has been charged with his murder.
Site approved for new Red Cross HQ
The government approved a site - at a nominal premium, involving land exchange - in Hoi Ting Road, Kowloon, for the Hong Kong Red Cross to develop its new headquarters. It will have a gross floor area of 11,900 square metres and could be completed in 31/2 years. Its construction will employ about 200 workers. The existing HQ site in Harcourt Road, in use since 1965, will be surrendered for construction of a footbridge.
Officer draws gun in struggle with pair in car
A traffic police officer briefly drew his pistol in a struggle with a driver and woman passenger in Performing Arts Avenue, Wan Chai. Police said the driver, 45, was not wearing a seat belt and he started an argument with the officer, while the woman, 37, also became emotional and brandished a pair of scissors after the officer issued the man a ticket. They were both arrested for assaulting an officer, while the woman was also accused of possessing an offensive weapon.
Leader jailed 31/2 years for gang ordeal
Ko Wai-man, 29, who led six youngsters who detained a 24-year-old man for six days and forced him to eat cat and hamster food and perform oral sex on another man, was jailed for 31/2 years. Five gang members, aged 16 to 20, were variously sent to rehabilitation, training and detention centres. Sentencing of the remaining defendant was adjourned to July 22.