No plea from teens on arson charge
Two teenagers yesterday appeared in Tuen Mun Court on a joint charge of arson for allegedly setting fire to umbrellas and other items at a Tin Shui Wai estate on Friday. Yu Siu-chung, 16, and another boy, 15, entered no plea. They are accused of burning seven umbrellas, an iron gate, a wooden door and two corridor lights outside a flat on the Tin Tsz Estate. The lights were the property of the Housing Authority and the other items belonged to one Ng Kai-shing. Their case was adjourned to March 11. They were remanded in custody.
Cook enters no plea to rape charges
A cook, 39, entered no plea in Tuen Mun Court on charges of rape and buggery. Fung Chi-man has been charged with two counts of rape and one count of buggery with a woman under the age of 21. Authorities say the offences occurred in July and August last year - one in a room at a Yuen Long hotel, and two others in a Tin Shui Wai flat where Fung lived. His case was adjourned to February 25, and he was remanded in custody.
Crackdown on abuse of public housing flats
The Housing Authority said it would send 30 frontline employees to crack down on people who abused public housing flats. The authority said their work included assessing tenants' income and asset declarations, paying home visits, and monitoring subleasing advertisements posted online. About 8,500 cases of possible abuse were investigated last year, it said
2m cross border during New Year holidays
More than 1.2 million people left the city during the Lunar New Year holidays between Friday and Sunday, immigration says. About 726,000 visitors were recorded during the period.
Foreigner reported floating off Sai Kung
Marine police mounted an unsuccessful search after receiving a report that a male foreigner, aged 40 to 50, was "floating" in the ocean near Trio Island in Sai Kung. Rescuers located a white boat that appeared to have caught fire but found no one aboard. The search is continuing.
There were no winners of the first and second prizes in Saturday night's draw. The winning numbers were 4, 8, 10, 35, 46 and 47. The extra number was 32. The third prize was won by 47.5 tickets and paid HK$94,450.