City Digest, January 5, 2013
Sha Tin to vote for district councillor
Sha Tin District Council will hold a by-election to replace former district councillor Lau Kong-wah, who was appointed undersecretary for constitutional and mainland affairs last month. Lau, a Beijing-friendly heavyweight and the most prominent loser in the Legislative Council election last September, won his seat in Tin Sum constituency in 2011. The government has yet to announce the date of the upcoming by-election.
Restaurant worker admits morning arson
A worker at American Restaurant on Lockhart Road turned himself in to police, confessing to starting a fire in the Wan Chai restaurant. The man, 57, surrendered to police shortly after the blaze broke out at about 8.15am. He was then arrested. No one was injured.
Jockey Club fraudsters dodge jail … for now
Two Jockey Club members were given suspended sentences yesterday, after being convicted of conspiracy to defraud. The case involved applications for racing membership hopefuls in 2009. Stanley Freedman, 84, and To Wing, 63, were given nine months and half a year in jail, respectively. Freedman, an honorary voting member, was accused of being involved in two applications and To, a full member, in one of them.
Electronics seized from abandoned speedboat
Police seized HK$8 million worth of electronic products and components from a speedboat abandoned at the Ngau Hom Sha waterfront in Lau Fau Shan at about 3.15am yesterday. Six smugglers fled in another speedboat, heading towards the mainland. No one was arrested.
Supermarket sweep for brandy and cash
Eighty bottles of brandy worth HK$450,000 and HK$30,000 in cash were stolen from a minisupermarket in North Point yesterday. Police were called to the Marble Road shop at about 7.45am when staff arrived for work and found the rolling shutter smashed open. A 40-year-old employee called police.
Pro-CY protester, 61, charged with assault
A 61-year-old man who was at Sunday’s rally supporting Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was charged with common assault yesterday for hitting a Now TV cameraman at Victoria Park. He will be brought to Eastern Court for mention next Tuesday.
Life’s no beach for Sig Holiday clients
About 10 clients of cash-strapped travel agency Sig Holiday, run by former Travel Industry Council chairman Simon Hau Suk-kei, still have not received compensation for their tours after the company’s licence was revoked about a month ago. The government confirmed yesterday that the agency’s only remaining office had closed down, with clients still waiting for their cash totalling “tens of thousands” of Hong Kong dollars. Those affected were advised to approach the Travel Industry Compensation Fund for further assistance.