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  1. Fitting punishment

    Posted Mar 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Grenville Cross Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado was in no doubt as to the purpose of punishment. 'My object all sublime,' he said, 'I shall achieve in time, to let the punishment fit the crime.' Sentencing, alas, is rarely quite so simple, and the punishment must also fit the criminal. Judges and magistrates sometimes say that, in comparison ...

  2. Punishment must fit the crime for eco-vandals

    Posted Jan 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are not the answer. To make the punishment fit the crime, the penalties must be tough enough to prompt reflection as to whether the gain to be made from breaking the law is worth the risk. If not, ... of urgency in response to environmental threats and tougher penalties to fit the crime and public expectations. The government could start by explaining why the person ultimately responsible ...

  3. Boy fit to plead on family murders

    Posted Aug 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maggie Ng A 15-year-old boy charged with murdering his mother and sister last month was mentally fit to enter pleas, Tsuen Wan Juvenile Court was told yesterday. Magistrate Lambert Lee Ka-chai asked the boy's father whether he wanted other relatives to be inside the courtroom. He mentioned his elder brother but decided to sit there on his own while he cried. The magistrate ...

  4. Outcry over police abuse after mental patient fitted up for killing

    Posted May 19th 2010, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li A scandal in which a county-level police station in Henan used a mental patient as a scapegoat to cover its failure to solve a murder case has caused a national outcry over rampant abuse of police power. Amid mounting public pressure, Zheng Wei ...

  5. Ex-barrister, 80, found fit to stand trial for fraud

    Posted Apr 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yvonne Tsui Wife of retired judge has sacked lawyer, will represent herself The 80-year-old wife of a retired High Court judge was ruled mentally fit yesterday to stand trial with her husband on welfare fraud charges- and immediately fired her lawyer. Lucille Yun Shim Jackson-Lipkin, whose counsel, Andrew Bullett, had argued she was incapable of giving sensible instructions, ...

  6. A punishment that does not fit the crime

    Posted Jan 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Life imprisonment is a punishment meant to fit the most serious of crimes, a humane alternative to the death penalty and the maximum penalty in jurisdictions that have abolished capital ... establish a fairer system and make the punishment fit the crime. ...

  7. Two adoptions and an abandonment: you are not fit, mother told

    Posted Aug 29th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chandra Wong A 24-year-old woman who had given up two newborns for adoption was jailed yesterday after she admitted abandoning her third child after giving birth at home. Private tutor Yip Sze-wan put her son, along with the placenta and some clothes, in ...

  8. Judge's wife mentally fit for trial, court told

    Posted Mar 31st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chandra Wong A psychology professor yesterday said she considered a retired High Court judge's wife mentally competent to plead to three welfare fraud charges she faces with her husband because she is 'aware of her rights and duties'. Lucil ...

  9. Socialite to be tested for fitness to stand trial

    Posted Aug 30th 2005, 12:00am by Jonathan Li

    ... Jonathan Li Socialite Mo Yuk-ping, accused of manipulating shares in a listed company controlled by her jailed husband, is in custody at a public hospital awaiting medical assessment of her fitness to attend trial. Defence lawyer Cheng Huan SC told the District Court yesterday that 42-year-old Mo, who has not attended the trial since Friday, had low blood pressure and would ...

  10. 6 years' jail for jobless man who killed wife in jealous fit

    Posted Aug 21st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Magdalen Chow Defendant driven by pride after being made a beggar in own home, judge says An unemployed man was jailed for six years in the Court of First Instance yesterday for killing his wife, who had denied him food for three days and had turned to a ...




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