Law professor pleads guilty to shoplifting
Chinese University assistant law professor Rita Cheung Siu-wa pleaded guilty in Eastern Court yesterday to shoplifting. Cheung admitted stealing vegetables and a jacket at Tai Koo Shing in May and October. The court was told Cheung had resorted to shoplifting because she was under stress associated with the release of a book. Sentencing was adjourned to March 6, pending reports.
Couple arrested at airport with drug taped to waists
A Hong Kong couple were arrested in the departure hall of Chek Lap Kok airport with HK$1.3 million worth of cocaine taped to their waists. The 30-year-old man and his 31-year-old wife were arrested at about 7am as they were due to join a tour group flying to Sydney. They had bought a tour package because they believed a tour group would receive less scrutiny on entering Australia, a police officer said. They were being held for questioning last night.
Community-acquired case of superbug sparks probe
Health authorities are investigating the death of a 61-year-old man on February 1 confirmed to have community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The Tsuen Wan man, who had an underlying illness, was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung on January 27 with swelling of the left of his neck.
Tests confirm H5N1 in Tuen Mun Park carcasses
The carcasses of two little egrets picked up in Tuen Mun Park on February 6 and 7 tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said.
Kindergarten hit by outbreak of flu-like illness
The Centre for Health Protection is investigating an outbreak of a flu-like illness involving 20 pupils at Hong Kong Ling Liang Church Kindergarten in Causeway Bay. The 12 boys and eight girls, aged three to six, had developed symptoms since February 3 but none had required admission to hospital.
Leisure Link booking service suspended
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department Leisure Link advance booking counter service will be suspended from 2pm to 6pm today for system testing.