Peter Brieger

Jail term over aborted bank robbery

A financial planner was sentenced yesterday to 41/2 years in prison after an aborted bank robbery in Causeway Bay. Yuen Chi-bun, 32, was stopped by a police officer on December 12 after walking away from two banks. He was carrying a toy gun.

Thursday, 9 July, 2009, 12:00am

Ex-gold firm executives told to pay HK$36m

Former 3-D Gold Jewellery Holdings chairwoman Jane Lam Chan Yam-fai and former chief executive Kathy Ng Yee-mei must pay HK$36 million to Sun Hung Kai Investment Services. High Court Master Christopher Chan Cheuk ruled yesterday that they had failed to settle a margin account.

26 May 2009 - 12:00am

Hawker sues cabbie over injuries

A magazine hawker is suing a taxi driver whose car allegedly smashed into him as he sorted newspapers at his Wan Chai stall. Wong Kwai-che suffered serious injuries after Yeung Yee-woo 'suddenly and without warning' drove his taxi onto the pedestrian walkway near the intersection of Gloucester Road and Marsh Road in September 2007, according to a writ filed in the High Court this week.

1 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Surgeon sues magazine for defamation

Cosmetic surgeon To Chun-fung has sued Next Magazine and its editor-in-chief for an allegedly defamatory article it ran this summer. Dr To's writ, filed in the High Court this week, described him as a 'reputable medical practitioner with not less than 28 years of experience'. The alleged defamation cannot be published.

22 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Student admits killing friend at hotel

A student accused of killing his friend at a Sha Tin hotel last year pleaded guilty to manslaughter yesterday in the Court of First Instance. Lui Sheung-yu, 20, will be sentenced at the end of the month after Mr Justice Alan Wright reviews psychiatric reports. Lui suffered a depressive illness that resulted in his plea to a lesser charge.

14 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Lifeguard seeks HK$13m over fall

A student is suing the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for HK$13 million for injuries she sustained while working as a temporary lifeguard at Tsing Yi swimming pool in 2002. Chow Shuk-yan, 20, fell from a 'makeshift chair' that was tied with string to a lifeguard station. She fell 2 metres and hit her head. The government has conceded liability and wants to pay HK$305,000.

14 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

HK's 'bin Laden' jailed for contempt

A self-styled 'bin Laden', who had spent more than six years in prison for threatening to poison food in city supermarkets, has been jailed for 3 1/2 months. Ma Chiu-sing was found in contempt by Mr Justice Jeremy Poon Shiu-chor in the Court of First Instance after breaking an injunction to stop his attempts at extortion of the Oriental Daily News.

13 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Casino sues estate after suicide leap

A company director who committed suicide in July owed a Las Vegas casino HK$6.1 million, a writ filed in the High Court says. Wynn Las Vegas filed the writ on Tuesday against Alvin Lau Chiu-leung's estate, alleging that he ran up gambling debts before leaping from the 29th floor of Estoril Court in Mid-Levels.

11 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Review rejected over 2004 food poisoning

A food-poisoning outbreak that left 89 people ill in 2004 was a serious public health issue that should result in the temporary suspension of a Sha Tin hotel's food licence, the High Court ruled yesterday. The judge rejected Regal Riverside's bid for a judicial review, upholding an order to shut its restaurant for one week.

11 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Jail term for punching student quashed

A tutor has had his three-month jail sentence for punching one of his students quashed and instead been fined HK$6,000. Madam Justice Clare-Marie Beeson described the prison term as 'too severe'. The 28-year-old must also pay HK$2,000 in victim restitution. She praised sentencing magistrate Garry Tallentire's experience, but said he 'has taken too high a view of sentence' in this case.

31 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Ruling allows lawyer to pursue career

An aspiring solicitor can pursue her career even though her mentor would not hand over papers necessary for her to be certified, the Court of First Instance has ruled. The woman left the senior solicitor's firm last year after accusing him of sexual harassment. In a ruling on June 6, the judge approved an exemption allowing the Law Society to admit the woman.

18 Jun 2008 - 12:00am