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Teen who torched uncle’s car denies mom helped

Posted by jtsmyth8 on June 5, 2008

A teen who is now under probation for torching his uncle’s car turned hostile at the trial of his mother on Wednesday.

Student Louis Hong Hsieh Shuen, 17, was testifying as a prosecution witness on the third-day trial of Teo Sew Eng on two charges of abetting him him to burn a car and a van at a multi-storey carpark on Oct 23, 2006.

Teo, 53, denied providing a plastic bag containing a bottle of petrol, a packet of charcoal and a face cloth to her son that evening.

Hong pleaded guilty last year to torching Mr Ernest Tan’s car and was placed on 24 months’ probation. The damage caused was $40,500.

His accomplice, Ho Ki Yeow, 18, had also been placed on probation earlier. (story)


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HK buyer owns “unluckiest” license plate

Posted by jtsmyth8 on May 12, 2008

A Hong Kong woman splashed out 130,000 US dollars for a car licence plate carrying “4444”, despite the number’s traditional links to death in Chinese culture, a report said Monday.

The bidder paid one million Hong Kong dollars in a government auction of 270 unusual licence plates on Sunday, the Chinese-language Apple Daily said.

The number four is often avoided by Chinese people because its pronunciation is similar to the word for “dead”.

Some skyscrapers do not include floors that end with the number, such as 14th or fourth, as they are less likely to be rented. (story)

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New camera to help police catch auto thieves

Posted by jtsmyth8 on May 5, 2008

The police may soon have a gadget that can quickly detect blacklisted vehicles – like stolen cars or those used in crime getaways.

The technical trial was completed last week on the Mobile Automated Vehicle Screening System (MAVSS), which comprises a car-mounted camera and a laptop computer.

The camera, which sits on the roof of police patrol cars, can scan up to six licence plates of parked or moving vehicles every second and feed the scans into a laptop in the police car. The scans are then compared against a database of stolen or wanted vehicles for matches.

The system, customised from a similar one in use by European crime enforcement agencies, does away with manual screening.

The police said it is not certain when the system will be introduced here. (story)

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2 month old baby escapes car crash unhurt

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 27, 2008

A 2 month old baby girl miraculously escaped death in a horrific car crash on Thursday morning that killed her parents, grandmother and brother on the North-South Expressway. She was flung out of the seven-seater vehicle the family was in when it skidded and slammed into two trees along the the 150 km stretch of the expressway near Muar.

The crash happened at about 7.30 am. The road condition was said to be dry then.

Jolene Bong, who was flung more than 10m from the wreckage, was unscathed but her grandmother Pang Chee Seng, 68, mother Kor Yee Lin, 36, and brother Justin Bong, two, died on the spot. Her father Bong Kwang Hong, 37, a travel agent, died shortly later at the Tangkak Hospital. (story)

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Victims testify at Wong Heng Chiang car crash trial

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 17, 2008

6 victims of an out-of-control car which crashed into a bus stop along Penang Road recounted the trauma of being hit by the charging car while waiting for their buses one evening.

One of them, Madam Tan Hong Eng, 67, was so badly affected by the May 1 accident last year that she is unable to sleep and has developed psychiatric problems.

‘I am still in pain from my injuries. I still feel upset and depressed about the accident and I am unable to sleep properly at night.’

‘I find it difficult to walk or to sit for long without pain,’ she said in her conditioned statement tendered in court on Monday.

She and another witness, Madam Leng Lay Ling, 57, gave conditioned statements as their attendance was not required because they both have difficulty walking. The other four victims testified in court on Monday on Day One of Wong Heng Chiang’s trial. (story)

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