Defendant denies unlicensed dentistry, indecent assault A man charged with unlicensed dentistry and indecently assaulting a patient pleaded not guilty yesterday. Lee Char-men, 66, now unemployed and living on the fifth floor of a Queen's Road West building, was charged with nine counts of practising dentistry without a licence on the sixth floor of the same building from May to July. He allegedly indecently assaulted a female patient on July 26 and was also charged with possessing a Part I poison, lignocaine. Eastern Court acting Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai adjourned the case to April 28. Lee was released on bail. Increase in street sleepers The average number of registered street sleepers per month from February last year to January rose to 358, which was 23 more than the same period a year earlier, the Social Welfare Department said. But social welfare lawmaker Peter Cheung Kwok-che said the number had been underestimated. The government said HK$8.73 million had been distributed to three integrated service teams that provided 90 places for emergency accommodation and other aid. Teacher laundered HK$4.2m A primary schoolteacher was convicted of laundering HK$4.2 million for her former husband. Teresa Lai Kam-yee, 39, pleaded not guilty in the District Court to one count of dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of an indictable offence. Lai laundered the cash through her and her son's bank accounts from January 1, 2005 to April 19, 2007. Sentencing was adjourned to March 25. Cremations to rise The number of cremations is expected to rise from 37,600 now to 51,500 in 2014, health minister York Chow Yat-ngok said. The increase was because work on Wo Hop Shek and Cape Collinson crematoriums, to begin this year and in 2010 respectively, would be completed in 2014, he said in a written reply to lawmakers' questions. Probation for hurling air-con A man was given an 18-month probation order in the District Court for throwing an air conditioner from his rented room in Hung Hom and setting curtains on fire. Hui Man-pow, 32, will also receive a year of treatment for drug addiction. He had earlier pleaded guilty.