Ex-lawyer did steal bra, judge rules

Ex-barrister Stanley Ma Ho-fai yesterday lost his appeal against a conviction for stealing a lacy, red-and-white bra from a laundry rack.

Ma, 44, who was a lawyer at the time of the theft, said he would appeal to a higher court.

Wednesday, 13 July, 2011, 12:00am

The jury is out on Chief Witness

The most famous silks in the history of Hong Kong racing saluted yesterday and, while Chief Witness may fall some way short of the legendary Silent Witness standards, this win may be a portent of better things to come.

2 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Truck driver guilty in death of woman

An experienced truck driver who ran over an elderly woman while reversing in a narrow lane in Sheung Wan was found guilty yesterday of dangerous driving causing death.

Sentencing for Tsang Yau-chuen, now 53, was adjourned until August 15.

2 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Witness ready for Sprint battle

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Silent Witness last raced in Hong Kong, including two trips to Japan and the onset of a mystery virus that saw his Hong Kong Sprint plans aborted. But today's $4.5 million Centenary Sprint Cup over 1,000 metres at Sha Tin should prove that in nine months, despite the setbacks, nothing has changed.

26 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Customs elite risk wrath of triads

Thirty elite customs officers risk making themselves targets for contract killers and triads by joining a new Customs and Excise Department's witness protection team.

2 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Star Witness

Prime Witness, shown scoring a facile win over course and distance last start, can repeat the feat in today's finale.

1 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Top One suspect asked triad to chop witness, court told

A Top One karaoke firebomb suspect tried to have one of the witnesses against him chopped to keep him from testifying, a court heard yesterday.

But the triad member he was said to have selected for the job turned prosecution witness and revealed the alleged plot to the Court of First Instance jury.

30 May 1998 - 12:00am

Witness protection outlined

People threatened by triad retribution would have to pay back-taxes and clear debts before being given the benefit of the police witness protection scheme under proposed legislation.

The proposals are included in an outline of the legal framework for changing the identity of witnesses.

29 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Memory loss blamed on cash fear

WITNESSES in commercial dispute cases claim memory loss because they fear their businesses will suffer, legislators said.

The police witness protection scheme aimed only to protect witnesses from revenge in the form of violence, Democratic Party legislator Cheung Man-kwong said at yesterday's Legco security panel meeting.

11 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Managing witnesses

THE pursuit of justice can be fraught with difficulties. Even the best constructed prosecutions depend on witnesses being prepared to testify to the same facts in court as they have previously set out in statements to the police and to their lawyers. Sadly, some witnesses change their minds.

26 May 1995 - 12:00am

Suspect 'injures witness'

POLICE are hunting a defendant in a wounding case who allegedly intimidated, injured and robbed a witness during a gambling session yesterday.

The accused, 23, met the witness, 26, during a pai kau game at a friend's Ma Tau Wai Road flat, Hunghom, at about 12.15 am.

The man allegedly asked the witness not to testify in court this month but the witness refused.

4 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Protection laws needed

RADICAL new laws will be needed to allow crime witnesses under serious threat of retaliation to change identities, one of the key aspects of the Government's new protection policy.

Today will see the creation of a central Witness Protection Unit within the police, but it could be several months before the unit is ready to accept its first witnesses.

1 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Viet witness bid

A VIETNAMESE boat person on trial for murder is calling on the High Court to secure the attendance of a man he wants to call as a witness.

The step was taken by Pham Hoa, one of the 13 accused in the Sek Kong detention centre murder trial, after Deputy Judge Yeung refused in the High Court to grant an order to the Crown to detain the potential witness, Pham Si Dung.

8 Sep 1993 - 12:00am