City Digest, October 13, 2012
Three jailed for electoral fraud
Three people were sentenced in Kowloon City Court to two months' jail each for providing a false address to election officers during the district council elections last year. They were Fung Ka-lun, 34, an electrician; and newlyweds Wong Ka-kim, 35, a chef, and Kumiko Lee Hoi-ki, 22, a receptionist. The three had claimed to live in Mong Kok, part of the King's Park constituency in Yau Tsim Mong district. The magistrate reduced their sentences by a third for their guilty pleas. The defence lawyer for Lee and Wong, who were married after their arrest, said in his mitigation argument that it would be devastating for the couple to receive a lengthy prison sentence.
No plea on HK$100m bribery charge
A former president of listed company China Environmental Resources Group, Choy Ping-fai, 48, appeared in Eastern Court charged with conspiracy to offer advantages of more than HK$100 million to former chairman Tan Sim-chew over the acquisition of a mainland plantation project for HK$500 million. Choy, who appeared with five others, entered no plea and the case was adjourned to November 23.
Inquest into death of inmate in Stanley jail
The coroner will hold an inquest into the death of a 23-year-old convicted robber who was found hanging in Pak Sha Wan Correctional Institution in Stanley yesterday. The inmate was admitted to the jail in January and was serving a sentence of five years and four months.
Six held over Ocean Park ticket scam
A university student was among six people arrested on suspicion of online shopping fraud involving about HK$20,000. Police said the five men and one woman aged 20 to 43 were believed to have lured 12 people to pay for Ocean Park admission tickets that were never delivered.
Minibus driver arrested after fatal accident
A minibus driver was arrested for dangerous driving causing death after his vehicle hit and killed a 47-year-old man in Nathan Road, Mong Kok, at about 4.55am. The 57-year-old man was granted police bail. Police appealed for witnesses to contact officers on 2773 5258 or 2773 5200.