City Digest, February 7, 2013
New year traffic to hit 8.18 million
About 8.18 million people will pass through the city's sea, land and air control points during the Lunar New Year period from February 8 to 17, an increase of about 11 per cent over the same period last year, the Immigration Department said. About 74 per cent, or 6.03 million passengers, will be using the land control points, and Lo Wu will handle the most traffic.
Man ate duck leg that contained rat poison
An 81-year-old man is suspected to have accidentally taken rat poison when he ate some dried duck's leg. His gums bled on January 12 after taking some of the legs he bought from a ginseng shop in Lucky Plaza at Sha Tin. Rodent poison was found in his blood as well as the duck's legs. He was discharged on January 22 and the Centre for Health Protection said no other cases have been reported.
Worker arrested over flags on Facebook
A 30-year-old transport worker was arrested for desecrating the national flag after he allegedly posted images of tainted national flags on Facebook. Commercial Crime Bureau officers arrested him after searching his flat in Tin Shui Wai yesterday. He is on bail and must report back next month.
Celebrity lawyer hurt in car accident
Actress-turned-lawyer Mary Jean Reimer (Yung Ching-ching) was slightly injured after her car collided head-on with another car along Lok Lin Path in Fo Tan yesterday afternoon. Yung complained of back pain while her passengers, a man, 24, and a woman, 47, suffered minor injuries. The other driver, a 24-year-old man, was also injured on the arm. Both drivers passed the breath test.
Officer 'did not know of restaurant discounts'
Superintendent Titus Wong Koon-ho, 51, told Eastern Court yesterday that he did not know discounts had been offered and that a restaurant had changed its name when applying for a liquor licence. He faces one count of misconduct in public office for allegedly enjoying dinner discounts from a Causeway Bay restaurant in exchange for turning a blind eye to it serving alcohol without a licence. The hearing continues.
Ex-barber charged with shooting offences
A 26-year-old former barber was charged with two counts of shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm after he was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly using a spring gun to shoot people at random from his Tin Shui Wai home, injuring two. He will appear in Tuen Mun Court today.