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A young Hong Kong woman has admitted throwing corrosive acid in a stranger’s face because she thought he was old, fat, short and ugly.

The High Court heard Ng Lai-fong, who is 26 and unemployed, was caught a month after the attack on April 12 last year – as she was about to pour a bottle of hydrochloric acid over the same man for a second time.

Lam asked if Ng needed anything. But instead of replying, she suddenly pulled a glass bottle from her bag, hurled its contents in his face and ran away.

Lam immediately felt pain and heat on his face and saw that his clothes were giving off fumes. He called police.

A subsequent medical examination at Caritas Hospital found that the chemical damaged both Lam’s eyes, including causing injuries to his corneas.

He was in hospital for four days.

But he did not know what had brought about the attack, as he could not recall having met Ng before the attack. He also told investigators he did not have grudges with anyone or owe any debt.

A month later, on May 6, a worker at a shop neighbouring Lam’s noticed a woman nearby with long black hair, black clothes and large circular earrings – similar to Ng’s attire on the day of the attack, as captured on security footage.

A security guard called police, who stopped Ng on the same floor and found that she was carrying a bottle of pale yellow liquid containing hydrochloric acid at a concentration of 32 per cent.

Upon arrest, Ng admitted: “Yes, that day I used corrosive acid to splash on him. I came today because I wanted to splash corrosive acid on him one more time.”

She later told investigators she remembered Lam since he had told a fortune for her after she bought a bracelet from him.

She said she had a personal grudge against him, adding that he was old, fat, short and ugly.

Judging the injuries she caused herself during the first attack to be “too minor”, she believed Lam’s injuries to be “not serious enough”, and so planned a second attack.

“The accused made it clear that her target was Lam’s head,” the prosecutor said.

A government chemist who analysed the bottle seized from Ng, containing 430ml of liquid, found that it carried highly corrosive acid capable of causing severe skin burns and permanent visual damage.

Her latest psychiatric assessment, in February, revealed she was schizophrenic.

The former waitress pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of throwing corrosive fluid with intent and another of attempting to throw corrosive fluid.

Madam Justice Esther Toh Lye-ping adjourned sentencing to September 23, pending reports on Ng’s background and psychiatric condition to see if a hospital order is necessary. Throwing corrosive fluid is punishable by life imprisonment.

The assault took place at a shop run by Lam Shing-yip, 56, at the Dragon Centre mall in Sham Shui Po.

Senior public prosecutor Gary Leung Yuk-hang said Lam had been working as usual on April 12 when Ng entered his seventh-floor shop wearing a mask and carrying a black bag.

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HONG KONG – Police in Hong Kong fired tear gas and water cannon amid running battles with brick-throwing protesters in driving rain yesterday, after clashes a day earlier in which police fired tear gas for the first time in more than a week.

At least six petrol bombs were thrown by protesters, some of whom took off down narrow side streets. The water cannon, which had not been used in years of anti-government protests, could not follow.

The police also confirmed that there was at least one gunshot during the protests.

The city’s MTR rail operator had suspended some services to try to prevent people gathering but the protesters, calling for democracy for the former British colony, made it to a sports stadium in the vast container port of Kwai Chung, from where they marched to nearby Tsuen Wan.

Some dug up bricks from the pavement and wheeled them away to use as ammunition, others sprayed detergent on the road to make it slippery for the lines of police. Clashes spread in many directions.

The vast majority marched peacefully.

Police had warned earlier they would launch a “dispersal operation” and told people to leave. Hundreds remained long after dusk fell, discussing what to do next, surrounded by empty tear gas canisters, bricks, metal railings and other debris.

“Some radical protesters have removed railings … and set up barricades with water-filled barriers, bamboo sticks, traffic cones and other objects,” they said in a statement.

“Such acts neglect the safety of citizens and road users, paralysing traffic in the vicinity,” the statement said.

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Activists threw petrol bombs and bricks on Saturday in the gritty industrial district of Kwun Tong, on the east of the Kowloon peninsula.

Mr M. Sung, a 53-year-old software engineer in a black mask emblematic of the many older, middle-class citizens at the march, said he had been at almost every protest and would keep coming.

“We know this is the last chance to fight for ‘one country, two systems’, otherwise the Chinese Communist Party will penetrate our home city and control everything.

“If we keep a strong mind, we can sustain this movement for justice and democracy. It won’t die,” Mr Sung said.

The protesters are fighting the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement under which Hong Kong returned to China in 1997, with the promise of continued freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland for 50 years.

The protests, which started over a now-suspended extradition Bill, have rocked Hong Kong for three months and plunged the city into its biggest political crisis since the handover.

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HONG KONG – Two Hong Kong police officers were arrested on Tuesday (Aug 20) after a video emerged of them beating an older man on a hospital trolly, heaping further pressure on a force already facing accusations of brutality.

The footage, recorded in late June, shows two uniformed officers assaulting the man with batons and holding a cloth over his mouth.

There are no other people in the room as the officers take turns to abuse the patient over several minutes.

Police said the man was under arrest at the time.

“It is clear that the actions committed by the police officers concerned are unlawful,” said police spokesman John Tse, adding that police viewed the video for the first time on Tuesday.

“So far, two involved officers were arrested for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.”

He vowed a full, independent probe, insisting “police officers are never allowed to use abusive force for their own sake”.

The incident is likely to further fuel anger towards the stretched police force.

Pro-democracy protesters who have staged weeks of rallies throughout the city have called for an independent inquiry into the police response, which has included frequent use of tear gas and rubber bullets.

The force has become the loathed face of the Hong Kong government, and small groups of hardcore protesters have frequently clashed with frontline officers.

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Hong Kong tourists in Malaysia can’t go home

August 7, 2019 | News | No Comments

SEPANG, Malaysia – As protests in Hong Kong escalate, tourists wanting to return home were disappointed at the KL International Airport. They had to make last-minute travel arrangements as some flights were cancelled, others delayed.

Yan Lo, who is in her 30s, said her afternoon flight back to the island territory had been cancelled.

Along with her husband and two children, the teacher had been travelling around Malaysia for the past nine days.

“The airline arranged for a different flight for us,” she said.

“We don’t know if the next flight we are on will still go on or what the situation in Hong Kong would be like by then,” she said at KLIA yesterday.

Another Hong Kong tourist,Edward Li, said his afternoon flight had been delayed to a night flight.

The 41-year-old teacher was in Malaysia for the last six days with his four students. They were on holiday.

“Due to the situation in Hong Kong, the plane has been delayed,” said Li.

“Since I have a few students with me,I need to make arrangements quickly,” he said.

Sharon Chan, 29, said her flight had been delayed and would only take off this morning.

The sales administrator had been in Malaysia for a business trip and a vacation.

“It’s still bearable,” she said.

“The airline arranged another flight for me very quickly, but they didn’t mention what we should do in the meantime.

“It’s an overnight wait, so I need to make arrangements because I did not expect to have to prepare for one more night of accommodation,” she added.

Civil society advocate Tan Sri Dr Michael Yeoh, formerly of the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (Asli), was among those who were affected.

“My flight to Hong Kong today (yesterday) was cancelled because of the Hong Kong protest and strike,” he posted on his Facebook.

He also uploaded an airline note, informing him of the cancellation.

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A man in a pink shirt and jeans is seen hitting out at people with a stick over the barrier of a train’s passenger gantry. In the next moment, he runs at the camera and starts hitting the person behind it.

These were the moments faced on Sunday night by Gwyneth Ho, a reporter with online Hong Kong news outlet Stand News, as she was assaulted while live-streaming coverage of an attack by men who opposition politicians suspect were gang members, on pro-democracy protesters at a train station in rural Hong Kong.

Men, most in white shirts, with some clutching clubs, flooded into Yuen Long station and stormed a train, attacking passengers with pipes, poles and other objects.

Ho continued filming even after she was struck and knocked to the ground, capturing footage of paramedics attending to the injured and people confronting the police who arrived to control the crowds.

Stand News later reported that she was taken to hospital for treatment and received stitches.

Witnesses said the men in white had appeared to target black-shirted passengers who had been at an anti-government march earlier in the day.

Hong Kong police faced criticism on Monday for an apparent failure to protect anti-government protesters and passersby from the attack.

The city’s Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, condemned violent behaviour of any kind and said she had been shocked by the clashes at the station, adding police would investigate fully.

Some politicians and activists have long linked Hong Kong’s shadowy network of triad criminal gangs to political intimidation and violence in recent years, sometimes against pro-democracy activists and critics of Beijing.

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A protester accused of biting off part of a policeman’s finger during Sunday’s clashes in Sha Tin was one of two demonstrators granted bail by a court on Tuesday over alleged assaults against officers.

To Kai-wa, 22, faced assault and wounding charge at Sha Tin court, two days after his arrest at New Town Plaza, a major shopping mall in the New Territories town, where demonstrators and police clashed following an extradition bill protest.

To was also accused of fracturing the finger of a second officer, who had tried to fend off an umbrella attack.

The court document said To assaulted Constable Ip Cheuk-kin outside the Longchamp shop in New Town Plaza in Sha Tin on July 14.

He also “unlawfully and maliciously” wounded Senior Superintendent Leung Tsz-kin and Detective Sergeant Leung Kai-yip outside the Coach shop in the same mall, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH), according to the document.

It is not common for prosecutors to divulge detailed allegations during a first hearing. But prosecutor Crystal Chan argued the series of assaults committed by To stemmed from his initial assault on Ip.

“Without any provocation and indication, he hit the back of [Ip’s] neck with an umbrella,” said Chan, referring to the assault allegation.

She said the superintendent tried to step in and help but received the fracture when trying to repel To’s attack.

When the detective sergeant joined the fray, To bit off the tip of his ring finger on his right hand, the prosecutor added.

Chan said police issued eight warnings after 7pm that they would clear the mall.

The prosecutor asked for an adjournment for further investigation and objected to Chan’s bail.

Magistrates granted bail to two protesters who appeared before them separately charged with attacking police officers. PHOTO: South China Morning Post

She said police needed time to obtain and view closed-circuit television footage from the mall and take statements from injured officers. They were also expecting medical reports.

Principal Magistrate Ernest Lin Kam-hung adjourned the case to September 10 but granted bail despite the prosecution’s stance.

Those convicted of wounding with intent to cause GBH, the most serious charge against To, could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

He was given a cash bail of HK$10,000 (S$1,739) and a surety of HK$10,000, among other conditions including banning him from New Town Plaza mall.

Another protester, Lam Tsz-wo, 23, who faced three counts of assaulting a police officer, was also granted bail.

The prosecutor said he was originally arrested for taking part in an unlawful assembly. But after he was taken to a police station for investigation, Tam allegedly attacked three officers.

Neither Lam nor To were required to make a plea.

They were among at least 47 people – 29 men and 18 women – arrested during Sunday’s clashes between police officers and protesters.

Police in riot gear arrest an unnamed protester at New Town Plaza shopping mall, where the worst of the violence was witnessed during Sunday night’s Sha Tin clashes.  PHOTO: South China Morning Post

The day started out as a peaceful protest against the government’s extradition bill but descended into mayhem as night fell when protesters and police officers clashed inside New Town Plaza.

To’s court appearance, which was announced shortly after noon, attracted a long queue of people outside the courtroom, wanting to observe proceedings.

Most appeared to be youngsters, although not many were dressed in black, the colour protesters have been wearing during the wave of rallies over the past few weeks.

They filled the public gallery, while those who failed to secure a seat stood in the aisle to watch.

Meanwhile, at Kowloon City Court on Tuesday, three demonstrators were granted bail in relation to a separate protest in Mong Kok on July 7.

Cook Wong Tsz-lung, 31, student Ng Yui-chit, 23, and teacher Jessica So Wai-sin, 24, faced one joint count of false imprisonment against an unnamed woman in Shantung Street. Wong faced an additional count of indecent assault.

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HONG KONG – Hong Kong police appealed to protesters to not resort to violence, stop blocking roads and leave the scene as soon as possible after clashes broke out on Monday morning (July 1) in which riot police used pepper spray and batons.

Amid heightened security, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other senior government officials witnessed the flag-raising ceremony inside a convention centre at 8am. The annual ceremony marked 22 years since Hong Kong was handed back to mainland China by the British.

Hours earlier, riot police swooped down on protesters who had blockaded a street in the Wanchai district after a standoff since early morning. They used pepper spray and batons in an attempt to push back the protesters who appeared to be throwing objects at them, local media reports said. At least one female protester was seen bleeding from a head wound after the clashes, an AFP report said.

A police statement released after the incident said a large number of protesters had “dashed” onto Lung Wo Road, Tim Mei Avenue and Harcourt Road. “They blocked the roads and obstructed traffic with mills barriers and sundries,” it said.

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“Some protesters stole iron poles and bricks from nearby construction site and guard rails from nearby roads,” police said, adding that some had “also pried up bricks on Lung Wo Road and transported them towards Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. “

Police “strongly condemn these illegal acts,” the statement said and warned the protesters not to throw bricks or charge police cordon lines.

“Police appeal to protesters not to resort to violence, stop blocking roads and leave the scene as soon as possible,” the statement said.

The government has put in a series of measures to contain the fallout as it braced for Monday’s protests. Security was stepped up ahead of disruptions expected at the annual morning flag-raising ceremony at 8am at the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. The Square was under lockdown and the nearby Convention and Exhibition Centre was closed. Harbour Road, next to the Convention Centre, has been cleared out by officers to let attendees of the morning reception gain access.

Shortly before 7am, the government also issued a statement that guests will now view the flag raising ceremony from the Convention Centre as wet weather plans kick in.

It also announced the closure, with immediate effect, of Admiralty and Wan Chai subway stations which are near the area of protests.

PHOTO: Reuters

In the wee hours of Monday morning, hundreds of black-clad protesters gathered at Tamar Park in Admiralty. At around 3am, they replaced the national flag with a black version while the official Hong Kong flag was at half-mast beside it.

By 4.30am, some parts of Lung Wo Road that stretches from Central to Wan Chai were blocked and protesters were dragging metal and water-filled barricades to block roads.

Some 100 police armed with shields and helmets were stationed at Lung Wo Road near the Convention Centre and started to clear protesters by 5.30am.

In the afternoon, around 2.30 pm, there are plans for the annual Civil Human Rights Front march from Victoria Park.

Some of last month’s massive protests turned violent causing dozens to be arrested and injured.

The protesters are demanding the full withdrawal of the controversial extradition Bill which will allow for suspects to be extradited to the mainland. The Bill has been suspended indefinitely. The protesters also want the release of all those who were arrested and an investigation into alleged police brutality on June 12.

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A Hong Kong man has confessed to stabbing his ex-wife outside Family Court because he had not been allowed to see his daughter for more than two years.

The High Court heard on Thursday that Chong Hay-chik, 39, used a 23-cm (9-inch) knife to stab Pang Lin five times in her abdomen before he was subdued by security guards outside a courtroom in Wanchai Tower on May 8, 2017.

The case prompted the Family Court to enhance its security later that year, introducing mandatory screenings by handheld metal detectors.

For two years after the attack, Chong denied that he had tried to murder his ex-wife, pleading guilty instead to an alternative charge of wounding with intent. Both crimes are punishable by life imprisonment.

Prosecutor Juliana Chow Hoi-ling said Chong and Pang were scheduled to attend court on the afternoon of the attack to review Chong’s application to reduce child support.

When he saw Pang arriving about 12 minutes before the hearing, Chong pulled the knife from his pocket and attacked her.

Four guards rushed to capture Chong and he dropped the knife.

Under caution, Chong admitted to police that he had assaulted Pang because she did not allow him to see their daughter. He also confessed to preparing the knife by wrapping it with wire and bandages to improve his grip of the weapon.

Pang was sent to Queen Mary Hospital, where doctors found bleeding from her arm and lower back, and internal bleeding in her thorax, abdomen and pelvis. She also had lacerations to her right kidney and liver.

According to the court, she suffered a collapsed lung and intramuscular hematomas as well as a bone fracture and displacement. Emergency surgery was performed, during which her kidney was removed.

Pang was in intensive care for four days before she was discharged from hospital on May 20.

In mitigation, Chong’s defence counsel Memi Ng revealed that the pair met in Shenzhen in 2011. They were married in Hong Kong in 2012, and gave birth to a daughter in August 2013.

The relationship turned sour the next year, prompting Chong to move back with his parents while their daughter lived with Pang. The pair was legally separated in June 2015.

Ng said Chong felt his ex-wife had stolen his daughter because he had not seen her since December 2014.

“I haven’t seen my daughter for a long time,” Chong said, when asked to explain his attack. “Perhaps I was too tensed up, too tense.”

The defence appealed for a lenient sentence, arguing that Chong had committed the offence in a moment of impulse and that he genuinely regretted his actions.

Madam Justice Anthea Pang Po-kam will sentence Chong on July 30, pending reports on his psychological and psychiatric condition as well as the victim’s latest medical report and impact assessment.

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Patient data at Hong Kong’s public hospitals can be accessed by any user with no need for a password, a leaked video shown to the Post and verified by multiple hospital sources has revealed.

Software developer Wong Ho-wa warned the programme used in public accident and emergency (A&E) wards called AEIS carried a huge risk and was built with an “intentional back door”, allowing anyone to access patients’ files while leaving no trace.

It meant there was no control over who had permission to access the data and no way of monitoring who had seen it, Wong said.

Public hospitals in the city were already under fire over concerns that information leaks from hospitals had led police to arrest injured protesters who took part in demonstrations against a contentious extradition bill last Wednesday.

Dr Pierre Chan, the medical sector lawmaker said the programme could be accessed without using passwords, prompting fear that such loophole had helped the police force identify protesters.

Police have arrested 32 people, some in public hospitals, since the clashes, including five for rioting. A source said of the five, at least three were arrested while getting medical care, including one who was detained before receiving treatment.

It sparked concerns that injured protesters would skip treatment to avoid possible apprehension.

The leaked video showed how a user could bypass the normal login through the use of a short cut on the computer’s start menu. A black window popped up to launch AEIS, also known as the Accident and Emergency Department Clinical Information System.

A nurse who had worked at North District Hospital A&E, in Sheung Shui, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the video was accurate.

“It is exactly how we used AEIS,” he said. “Anyone standing next to that computer can easily see who is in the accident and emergency queue.”

He stressed that while he had never seen a police officer operating such a system, there was no way to trace who had read the information as the whole department used the same password when opening it.

Another doctor at a public hospital said: “I’ve worked in A&E for eight years, I don’t even know the password [to AEIS].”

He agreed extra security measures should be added and that having to enter a password would not hinder his work.

But the doctor was not convinced patient data had been leaked to the police via AEIS.

“Supposedly these computers are in the clinical areas, used only by relevant hospital staff,” he said.

Sources suggested the system could also be accessed from other computers outside the emergency department of a hospital.

Lawmaker Chan urged the authority to rectify the problems as soon as possible.

On Monday, he expressed concerns over the loose security measures, suggesting that anyone who could approach the computer desk could read patients’ information.

Chan presented a list with patients’ names, ID card numbers, ages, conditions and whereabouts in the hospital as evidence, on which the words “for police” were printed in a corner.

Two patients, aged 27 and 29, were put under a separate category of “mass gathering outside Legco” on June 12.

Two doctors groups – Frontline Doctors’ Union and Hong Kong Public Doctors’ Association – issued separate statements on Tuesday, urging the authority to improve its computer system and form an investigation committee.

Information sector lawmaker Charles Mok said the level of security was low and urged the Hospital Authority, which runs the city’s public hospitals, to launch a full investigation into the alleged leak.

On Monday night, Dr Chung Kin-lai, the authority’s director in quality and safety, admitted that logging in to the system was not required, but stressed it had never authorised anyone to print patient data for police.

Chung said it was normal for public hospitals to go into disaster mode when responding to major events that could produce a lot of patients.

He said patient information would be given to police in only two circumstances: when a patient list would help the police account for injured or missing people; and when a hospital needed police help to contact a patient’s family.

Staff members presumably would not have passed protesters’ information to police because the two criteria were not met, Chung said.

The authority promised to look into how to enhance patient privacy without affecting A&E operations when responding to disasters.

Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo Wai-chung denied officers at police posts in public hospitals had done any wrong, stressing they were responsible for checking whether people sent to A&E were involved in crimes.

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Coconut.co reported that the Hong Kong entertainment legend Andy Lau is suing a mainland Chinese company for using his photo without his permission to sell water purifiers.

According to HK01, Lau formally sued the water purifier manufacturer Zebrafish, a Zhejiang-based company, in October. The website reports that the case was officially heard at China’s first “cyber court” in Hangzhou on Monday.

The cyber court was set up in 2017 to handle internet-related crimes and civil cases, including trade disputes, copyright lawsuits, and product liability claims.

According to the indictment, Lau — a Cantopop superstar also known for starring roles in films like Infernal Affairs and House of Flying Daggers — said he discovered that Zebrafish had used his portrait and signature on a number of online ads to sell their water purifiers and other related products. His face was also put on the product’s packaging and, at one point, plastered on a billboard in Beijing.

The indictment goes on to say that Lau did not give Zebrafish permission to use his image, name, or signature for its packaging or advertising.

It adds that as a 30-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Lau’s name and reputation carry great commercial value, and that the use of his image would mislead consumers into thinking he was an official spokesperson for the manufacturer.

In addition to compensation of up to RMB2million (about US$300,000), Lau also wants Zebrafish to fork over RMB10,000 (about US$1,500) to cover legal expenses, and to issue a public apology.

Zebrafish, meanwhile, maintains they legally obtained the right to use the pictures involved, that their use did not infringe upon Lau’s rights, and that the compensation demanded by the entertainer was too high.

The case is ongoing.

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