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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 March, 2012, 12:00am
 

Hearing for Cathay pilot accused of sex assault

A Cathay Pacific pilot charged with sexually assaulting a female cabin crew member in a New York hotel room on New Year's Eve will appear at a pre-trial hearing on March 27. David da Tonn, 34, was charged in January with sexual misconduct, second-degree harassment and third-degree sexual abuse. The pilot, who was arraigned on New Year's Day, had been released on US$5,000 bail. Prosecutors said da Tonn's alleged victim - described as a 44-year-old female colleague who lives in Hong Kong - said she was attacked in a Brooklyn hotel room at 3am. Da Tonn was arrested soon after 7am. A Cathay spokeswoman said it was unable to provide any further comment.

Suspect held over death of mentally disabled man

A man was arrested for allegedly killing a male patient, 45, in the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council Harmony Manor in Ma On Shan, reports said. The suspect, 48, who is also a patient at the hostel for the mentally disabled was arrested after the victim was certified dead.

Work scheduled on slopes to prevent landslides

Work will be done on some 2,700 natural slopes to reduce the risks of potential landslides, the Civil Engineering and Development Department said.

Shortage of hostel spaces at universities

The lack of places has made it difficult for some universities to provide hostel accommodation. Only the Hong Kong Institute of Education and Lingnan University were able to guarantee a hostel place for non-local and exchange students for the 2011-12 academic year.

New mountain bike trail to open in Tai Lam park

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is opening a new mountain bike trail in Tai Lam Country Park. The 2.1 kilometre trail connects to the existing trail on the Twisk Section.

Mainland pair held over fake maternity papers

Police arrested a mainland married couple who were on a double entry permit to Hong Kong for using fake documents to book maternity services in a Kwun Tong hospital. A local woman was also arrested on suspicion of providing the couple with the false documents.

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