Trio deny ICAC coached them before trial

Three people arrested in connection with a derivatives market manipulation racket say were not coached by graft-busters before they testified in court.

Friday, 25 March, 2011, 12:00am

Student, 21, accused of fatally stabbing young mother goes on trial

A university student, who had allegedly stabbed a young mother to death and injured two other passers-by in October, went on trial yesterday in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province.

More than 400 local college students watched the trial at the city's Intermediate People's Court.

24 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Driver who murdered ex-lover jailed for life

A driver who murdered his former girlfriend and dumped her body at the bottom of a water catchment was jailed for life yesterday.

Li Hiu-wai, 39, denied the murder of Chan Ka-yan, 22, and admitted manslaughter.

23 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Youths jailed for fatal attack on 15-year-old

Three youths were jailed for up to eight years each yesterday for a fatal triad-related attack on a 15-year-old.

Mok Tsz-yeung, 20, Ng Wai-lun, 17, and a 15-year-old, who cannot be named, had been charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which the prosecution accepted.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Fitting punishment

Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado was in no doubt as to the purpose of punishment. 'My object all sublime,' he said, 'I shall achieve in time, to let the punishment fit the crime.' Sentencing, alas, is rarely quite so simple, and the punishment must also fit the criminal.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

So pays price with 10-meeting ban

Apprentice jockey Ben So Tik-hung has been banned for more than a month after falling foul for the second time in a year of the reasonable and permissible measures rule.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

No turning back in China's drive for clean energy

State-owned China National Nuclear Corp signed an accord last November with France's Areva, a big provider of nuclear technology, that is key to Beijing's plans to to turn the mainland into a global nuclear powerhouse.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Former top Zhejiang official on bribe charges

A former vice-mayor in Zhejiang in the east was put on trial on charges of taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power, state media said yesterday.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Boy blackmailed girl, 14, over topless video

A former Australian International School student has admitted that he blackmailed a 14-year-old female schoolmate after posting a video of her topless on the internet.

Luke Pickering pleaded guilty at Kowloon City Magistracy yesterday to blackmail and obtaining access to a computer with a view to dishonest gain for himself or another.

19 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Kissel is trying to fool court, prosecutor says

Nancy Kissel tried to portray herself as being unable to deal with daily life around the time she killed her husband, but evidence showed she was running her photography business and maintaining social engagements, a prosecutor said yesterday.

19 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Graft-buster arrests Brian Kan over election

Brian Kan Ping-chee, a five-time champion horse trainer and a rural leader, was arrested by the ICAC on Thursday on suspicion of violating the election ordinance in relation to a rural committee election held on Tuesday.

19 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Atomic energy strategy under a cloud

Beijing's decision to suspend approvals for new nuclear plants and launch a comprehensive safety review of existing facilities and those under construction casts doubt on the country's long-term atomic energy strategy, mainland analysts say.

18 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Ex-village chief gets 22 years for huge drug haul

A former village leader was jailed for 22 years yesterday for storing the largest amount of cocaine ever seized in the city - 232kg.

Mr Justice Peter Line described as 'staggering' the quantity, which exceeded by many times the largest amount specified in sentencing guidelines for drug-trafficking.

17 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

ICAC officers in court for coaching false evidence

A man accused of manipulating the derivatives market with others alleged that graft-busters coached him to give false evidence in court in exchange for immunity as he tried to have his case halted forever.

Meanwhile, the three ICAC officers accused of perverting the course of public justice for coaching the man, Cheung Ching-ho, were charged in Eastern Court yesterday.

16 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Milk activist a taboo topic at NPC session

Despite his release on medical parole, tainted-milk activist Zhao Lianhai remained a taboo subject during the parliamentary session of the National People's Congress.

His case was cited by some Hong Kong deputies as an example of injustices that went on on the mainland, but time and again, senior mainland officials refused to respond.

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am