City Digest, February 25, 2013

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 February, 2013, 5:27am

HK teens in Buenos Aires set to come home

Two teenage girls from Hong Kong allegedly detained in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by men demanding compensation for a valuable vase they had broken are safe and expected to go home soon, Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said yesterday. They went to the Chinese embassy on Saturday and were given accommodation and help to go home. The girls, 17 and 18, are helping local police. Lai said it was up to local authorities to find out more about the male friend they said was travelling with them. Three senior officers from Hong Kong went to Buenos Aires on Saturday to assist in the probe.


Graft-buster checking letter from Lew's firm

ICAC commissioner Simon Peh Yun-lu said he would study an announcement by listed firm Pearl Oriental Oil to see whether it had legal problems. Released on Friday, the statement said its vice-chairman Lew Mon-hung was arrested by the Independent Commission Against Corruption last Wednesday for criminal intimidation and perverting the course of justice. It was over a letter Lew purportedly wrote to Leung Chun-ying, asking him to intervene in the ICAC probe into Pearl Oriental Oil, or he would set off "political bombs". Peh declined to comment.


Man, 43, charged with murder of woman

A man, 43, was charged with murder yesterday over the death of a woman, 37, whose body was found floating off Yau Ma Tei typhoon shelter on February 16. The man would appear in Eastern Court today, police said.


Baby dies; dad and grandmother held

A three-month-old boy died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital and his grandmother, 66, and father, 35, were arrested after drugs were found at the Wong Tai Sin flat where the infant was found unconscious at 8am.


40 arrested in raid on gambling den

Forty people - 19 men and 21 women aged 24 to 70 - were arrested after a raid on a gambling den in North Point early yesterday morning. About HK$17,700 in cash and some gambling devices were seized from the King's Road building.


Pair arrested after driving in wrong lane

A motorist, 37, and his female passenger, 32, were arrested after driving off on the wrong side of a Hung Hom road. Police had tried to stop them at Sheung Heung Road near To Kwa Wan Road at 7.20am, but the driver turned into the wrong lane and got away. Their car was later seen parked outside a building on Kowloon City Road and officers found them on the roof. A 30cm knife, crowbar and marijuana was found in the car.


55pc of cubicle flat fire escapes too small: poll

More than half of the 120 subdivided flat tenants polled recently say their fire escapes are narrower than the 75cm required by law, a survey by the Association For Democracy and People's Livelihood found. About 33 per cent of those polled said they lived in subdivided flats that did not have windows.