City Digest, November 10, 2012
Two more jailed for acid attack on barrister
Two men were jailed for 12 years yesterday for their part in a plot to throw acid over a barrister, the seventh and eighth defendants jailed over the attack. So Ka-wai, 30, and Chan Lap-tak, 35, pleaded guilty in the Court of First Instance to conspiring to throw corrosive liquid with intent to grievously injure Neil Mitchell on October 27, 2009. Mitchell, who has recovered, was the prosecutor in a case against lawyer Kevin Kong Hon-yui, who was later jailed for six years for money laundering and fraud. Six men were jailed for 10 to 12 years in April last year over the acid attack.
Beauty clinic, alleged bogus doctor named
The Department of Health last night named Siu Ting-wing, 58, and Cheng Wai-chun, 54, as the two people arrested this week at a Mong Kok beauty centre. It also identified the centre as the Medical Beauty Centre at 613 Nathan Road. Siu represented himself as a doctor, but was not, and offered botox injections believed to be an unregistered product, the department said. Cheung, with Siu, was arrested for illegal possession of Part I poisons and antibiotics.
Legco rejects debate on Franklin Lam
Legco's House Committee vetoed a proposal by Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit to move a motion of adjournment to debate the leave of absence granted to Executive Council member Franklin Lam Fan-keung over the row of his sale of two flats in Mid-Levels before property cooling measures were introduced. Twenty-nine of 60 lawmakers voted in favour of the motion; 29 opposed and one abstained. The motion failed because Democrat Helena Wong Pik-wan hit the "abstain" button by mistake.
Vote on allowance funding delayed again
The pan-democrats last night resorted to a filibuster to derail a government proposal to dish out a HK$2,200 monthly subsidy to 400,000 elderly. Legco's Finance Committee could not finish examining details of the funding request of about HK$2.6 billion to implement the allowance. The pan-democrats oppose means-testing and want all elderly to receive the allowance. Welfare minister Mathew Cheung Kin-chung warned the delay in funding approval could push back the launch of the scheme, originally planned for March.