Tseung Kwan O chopping suspect enters no plea
A man accused of a series of chopping attacks in Tseung Kwan O appeared in Kwun Tong Court yesterday charged with wounding with intent. Kwan Ping-wai, 31, entered no plea. The court heard he had a history of mental illness, which prosecutors said affected his ability to defend himself. The hearing was adjourned to October 27, pending medical reports. The charges relate to alleged attacks on four people on October 2 and 3.
Four years' jail for molesting, bashing girl, 12
Jobless man Wong Cho-hon, 34, was jailed for four years and four months for molesting and assaulting a 12-year-old girl on Ching Ho Estate, Sheung Shui, in January. Wong followed the girl before molesting her and, when she resisted, bit her, repeatedly smacked her head on the ground and kicked her in the stomach. He pleaded guilty in the Court of First Instance to indecent assault and wounding with intent.
Court reserves judgment on transsexual's appeal
The Court of Appeal reserved judgment on an appeal filed by a male-to-female transsexual over her right to marry her boyfriend. Her lawyers had argued that the Marriage Ordinance and the Matrimonial Causes Ordinance should be interpreted to recognise her as a woman. Alternatively, they argued the ordinances breached the Basic Law, which guarantees the freedom to marry. The government said recognising a transsexual's right to marry involved a major change with 'far-reaching' implications.
Knife man had mental problems, court told
A man with two knives arrested at gunpoint after a dispute with a colleague in a dried seafood shop in Western on Tuesday had been receiving psychiatric treatment for the past five years, Eastern Court heard. Ng Sai-fong, 55, entered no pleas on charges of assault and possession of an offensive weapon. He was remanded in custody. The case was adjourned to October 27.