Kissing distressed pupil a grave breach of trust, teacher told

A secondary school teacher who took a 15-year-old student for a ride in his car at night and kissed her against her will was criticised by a magistrate yesterday for abusing his position of power.

Saturday, 22 January, 2011, 12:00am

Birmingham to pay Yeung up to HK$1.5b for mainland plot

English Premier League football club owner Birmingham International Holdings will pay its chairman and controlling shareholder Carson Yeung Ka-sing up to HK$1.5 billion for a large piece of vacant land in the mainland's northeastern Liaoning province.

21 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

New Bar chairman sets out plans

The new chairman of the Bar Association said he would continue to ensure that Hong Kong and the organisation remained a focus for the rest of the legal world.

Kumar Ramanathan became chairman at the association's annual general meeting yesterday, replacing Russell Coleman.

21 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Ex-lecturer on child porn charge

An expatriate former art and design lecturer at Polytechnic University pleaded not guilty to storing child pornography on his computers. Norman Ford, 49, is accused of storing 63 images and 185 video clips depicting children in sex acts on four computer hard disks at his Sai Ying Pun home. The trial in the District Court continues.

21 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

The case for freeing the 'last hooligan'

Niu Yuqiang has been described as China's last hooligan, which conjures up a utopian vision of a society that has eradicated anti-social behaviour. The reality is rather more dystopian.

20 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Technician gets 22 months for stealing gold worth HK$1m

A technician who stole HK$1 million worth of gold grains from a refining factory he worked at was jailed for a year and 10 months yesterday.

20 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Question time

Think tanks, pundits and media on both sides of the Pacific have worked themselves into a lather about the state visit to the US by President Hu Jintao.

19 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Tsang Kai-wing dies aged 94 after 35 years as corruption fugitive

Tsang Kai-wing, father of veteran filmmaker Eric Tsang Chi-wai and a member of a gang of corrupt police officers in the 1960s, died in Taiwan yesterday. He was 94.

The former police officer died peacefully at Taipei Veterans General Hospital at about 6pm with his children and grandchildren at his bedside, the family said.

19 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Magistrate wants bigger fines for lift safety breaches

A magistrate yesterday called for an increase in the maximum penalty for breaches of lift safety regulations.

Principal Magistrate Andrew Ma Hon-cheung made the call after fining Otis Elevator Company HK$4,000 in Sha Tin Court for failing to carry out proper checks and maintenance on a lift in Heng On Estate, Ma On Shan.

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Doctor stole from shots scheme

A private doctor who cheated HK$960 from the government's flu vaccination programme was convicted.

Barry Tsang Ka-hung, 42, pleaded guilty in Kwun Tong Court to four counts of obtaining access to a computer with a view to dishonest gain. Magistrate Joseph To Ho-shing adjourned sentencing to February 14.

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Lawyers to fight for forgotten 'hooligan'

Niu Yuqiang was the last person to be jailed for the outdated charge of hooliganism on the mainland. He received the death sentence in 1984, but this was commuted to life two years later, and then reduced to 18 years from April 1990.

17 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Rowing star jailed for 15 months over sex tape blackmail

An award-winning Asian Games rowing star has been jailed for 15 months for trying to extort HK$3 million from her elderly 'sugar daddy' by threatening to send a tape of them having sex to the media.

15 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

A patriot determined to fight for political reform until he dies

Du Daozheng was just 14 when he joined the Communist Party as an underground member. Now 87, he is the publisher of a political magazine that is seen as a thorn in the side of conservatives within the party.

15 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Property agent jailed for tax evasion

14 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Officials made staff buy books they wrote

Corrupt mainland officials had not only made money by writing books, but many had used public funds to publish them and their power to pressure subordinates in departments and related enterprises into buying them, according to the Legal Daily.

14 Jan 2011 - 12:00am