Last Week in Reality
Illustrations by Ryan Chan
Unbearable Fightness At 7pm in Lam Tin, a 45-year-old bus driver and a younger man crossing the road get into an altercation, because neither would give way. The two quarrel after the man hits the door of the bus, then punches the driver in the back of the head. The driver grabs the man in a bear hug while his opponent keeps punching him. Both are arrested and the driver is sent to the hospital for head, hand and back injuries. The incident was caught on tape. Watch it here: tiny.cc/hk-bus.
Gamer Gate At 5am, a man and his female friend are gaming at an internet café in Shau Kei Wan when a 15-year-old boy comes up to the woman and begins to flirt with her. The man objects, starts to argue and the boy runs off. He returns with two other men, one of whom hands him a 14-inch fruit carving knife. The boy threatens the couple with the knife, but police arrive and arrest the aggressors. The boy had recently been expelled from school.
Follow the Trail A Kwai Chung man is arrested for pouring red paint and writing debt collection warnings on the door of a 66-year-old man, surnamed Leung. Police had found traces of paint leading from Leung’s door down into another flat several floors below. They stage an ambush and arrest the 43-year-old offender. Leung had been a witness in a court case, and the vandal had been a friend of the accused. He admits to pouring red paint on Leung’s door as revenge.
High Tea Hong Kong Customs arrests a 47-year-old man in Tai Wai on suspicion of drug trafficking. Inside the man’s rucksack officers find 500g of what they suspect to be cannabis buds packed inside packets of tea. A search of the man’s vehicle also yields 3.9kg of suspected cannabis buds, along with related paraphernalia.
Dumping Grounds A dump truck hauling cement slurry in Yau Ma Tei brakes too hard at a stop and hits the bumper of the BMW in front of it. The truck’s forward momentum carries the slurry over the top of the truck and on to the BMW, covering it in cement. FEHD staff are called to hose off the car and clean the cement from the road. A spokesman for the Hong Kong Dumper Truck Drivers Association said that slurry should be always transported in sealed trucks. The car’s driver is considering legal action.
Even Hawking? A 65-year-old retiree appears in court for street obstruction and hawking without a license. The man, who is known in Sha Tin for his bicycle repair skills, would typically fix bikes for free, charging only $10-20 for the cost of the parts. Last month two FEHD staff had waited for him to receive $10 from a cyclist for handlebar repairs, before detaining him and taking away his tools. The defendant hopes he will not be prosecuted, as he does not make any money from the repairs. The case has been adjourned until July 29.
Boaring Driving At around 3am, a police van driving through Stanley sees a wild boar crossing the road. The driver swerves to avoid the animal but loses control of the vehicle, crashing into a lamppost and two metal railings before stopping. The driver and another officer are taken to the hospital after suffering a shoulder injury and a bruised finger.