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  1. Defence plea over ads for prostitutes

    Posted Nov 13th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... should consider when deciding sentencing. Defence counsel Giles Surman said the men deserved leniency as this was the first case of its kind in Hong Kong, and sex advertisements were common ... the defence said no. Because an ad was online did not necessarily make it more effective. The success of the ads was not relevant to the case, he said. 'The defendants are just like newspaper ...

  2. Frail Kissel still mentally strong

    Posted Oct 05th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... in legal circles. The document to be handed down tomorrow is expected to be extensive, dealing in detail with the more than 10 grounds advanced on Kissel's behalf at appeal. Her defence team has vowed that if she loses tomorrow, they will continue to fight for a retrial. 'If the appeal is dismissed, then it is on to the Court of Final Appeal,' a defence lawyer said. ...

  3. Kissel ruling expected Monday

    Posted Oct 04th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Kissel had argued she had killed her husband in self-defence. Robert Kissel, it was claimed by the defence, had been a sadistic and brutal husband who had frequently beaten his wife ...

  4. Instruction error results in retrial in drug case

    Posted Nov 30th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... with proper directions regarding the evidence given by the two accused in their own defence. In particular she had erred in not including in her instructions a section on the so-called 'cutthroat' defence in which two or more accused take the stand and try to minimise the perception of their involvement in a crime while seeking to play up the role of others. 'Such evidence ...

  5. Conviction gets short shrift over short pants

    Posted Aug 24th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... and sentence after finding the District Court judge had been wrong to disallow defence questioning over the identity of the person who said Li was the attacker, and discovering Li was picked out ... given him the name 'Tong' and the presiding judge had prevented the defence from pursuing that line of questioning on the grounds that it was a triad-related incident and the source ...

  6. Judge rejects barrister's claim for $2m damages

    Posted Mar 01st 2006, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... of the conversation. There was no malice and the newspaper had satisfied the defence of fair comment. Mr Yam's application for damages in the Court of First Instance was dismissed as any loss of business ...

  7. Braemar Hill killer who feared for his life deserves lenient term, court told

    Posted Mar 09th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... given the boy's belief that Pang would kill him if he refused to help out with the murder. 'While duress is not a defence, it is, and can be in the form of coercion, enormous ... are susceptible to a degree of analysis as to what level of responsibility and liability each participant has.' He suggested that although duress was not allowed as a defence at the original trial, ...

  8. Alleged rapist in tearful outburst after claim he faked suicide bid

    Posted Jun 17th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... of rape and one of robbery. Yesterday was the final day of testimony and Wong was on the stand as the only defence witness. Prosecutor Jimmy Kwong had concluded his cross-examination by accusing Wong of faking a suicide attempt to bolster his defence when Wong's composure cracked. 'All my life I had not had a business. [But] once I had started my business then this has ...

  9. US ship risks new China flashpoint

    Posted Mar 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... for civilian marine research in its economic zone, he said. 'I'm amazed... it does seem potentially provocative,' said Dr Bateman, a senior fellow of the Institute of Defence ... York-based Natural Resources Defence Council, said operating in China's waters without permission could be problematic for the ship. 'There's no question that Chinese law protecting ...

  10. Businessman caught with fake designer fabrics escapes jail term

    Posted Jul 18th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... fabric seconds, or rejects. Dansanghani had paid US$35,000 for the material unaware, said defence counsel Gary Plowman SC, that the goods were fake. Mr Plowman argued, and District Court Judge ...




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