City Digest, November 24, 2012
Cost-recovery case against Egan fails
The Secretary for Justice applied to recover costs after discovering that on the day a case was adjourned because barrister Kevin Egan was said to be ill, Egan was in fact acting in a different court, court papers show. On December 28, 2010, a magistrate in Eastern Court granted an adjournment after barrister Dickson Lee said Egan, who was meant to act for a suspect seeking the return of travel documents, was unable to appear because he "was ill and had lost his voice". But Egan had been cross-examining a witness in a fraud case involving high-profile businesswoman Lily Chiang Lai-lei in the District Court. The application for reimbursement was based on Egan's failure to appear being "without reasonable cause", the court papers show. They do not indicate whether the false information came from Egan, Lee or law firm Messrs Y. T. Szeto & Co. Upholding a lower court's decision, Mr Justice Andrew Macrae, of the Court of First Instance, ruled against the government. Since it was not a criminal case, the application for costs fell outside the scope of the Costs in Criminal Cases Ordinance, he ruled.
Hunt for unstable man after 2 women chopped
Police cordoned off a Tin Shui Wai estate and carried out a floor-to-floor search after a man, believed to be mentally unstable, injured two women in a chopping attack outside a flat at 3.30pm. The women, relatives aged 58 and 66, suffered head and limb injuries and their conditions last night were listed as serious and stable by Tuen Mun Hospital. The attacker was still at large.
Woman with knife robs jeweller of HK$720,000
A Dutch jeweller was robbed at knifepoint of cash and valuables worth more than HK$720,000 yesterday after taking a woman he met in a Wan Chai pub at 7am to a guesthouse in Chungking Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui, police said. Investigators believed the woman, aged between 30 and 40 and thought to be from Uganda, had two accomplices. The 46-year-old man lost a two-carat diamond ring and a diamond Rolex watch worth HK$700,000, as well as more than €2,000 (HK$19,940) and HK$3,000.
Ex-boyfriend sought after rape report
The former boyfriend of a 20-year-old woman was being sought by police after the woman's current boyfriend reported that she had been raped by him on Monday.