Radio journalist killed
Police say a radio journalist has been fatally shot by a motorcycle-riding gunman in the north. Cabanatuan police chief Eli Depra said no motive was known for the killing of Julius Cauzo early yesterday. His colleague at DWJJ radio station, Elena Quijano, said he had received death threats, but it was unclear why. Cauzo was the vice president of the provincial press club. The media watchdog Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility said that if his death were found to be work-related, he would be the fourth journalist killed in the country this year.
Linkin Park fan killed
A female fan of the US rock band Linkin Park has died from injuries after an advertising tower gave in to strong winds and collapsed ahead of a concert, officials said yesterday. “One person died in hospital,” Cape Town spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said. Twenty fans waiting were wounded and 12 of them required hospitalization after the scaffolding blew over in high winds on Wednesday outside the stadium. “We wish to express our deep sadness and concern for those injured and our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fan who died as a result of her injuries,” Linkin Park said in a statement on its Web site.
No case against dead man
A judge yesterday threw out an attempt to prosecute a dead South Korean fisherman, comparing the case to a Monty Python sketch, reports said. Trawler officers Soon Ill-hwang and Dae Jun-lee were accused in Christchurch District Court of illegally dumping dead fish at sea in a case brought by the Ministry for Primary Industries, the New Zealand Herald reported. However, shortly after charges were laid against him earlier this year, Soon was killed in a car crash. A solicitor representing the ministry reportedly told the court there were still valid reasons for the prosecution to go ahead — although judge Gary MacAskill rejected the argument as “absurd.” “It reminds me of Monty Python and his dead parrot,” Fairfax Media quoted the judge as saying. “I would have thought that the death of the accused is pretty fundamental,” he said, adding: “We can’t try dead people.” The case against Dae is proceeding.
Tatoo ‘wizard’ held
A “sorcerer” tattooist has been arrested after several brawls involving his disciples who believed his body art made them invincible, police said on Tuesday. Boonyong Luangjumpol was held for possession of guns after officers raided his home following a spate of fights in the province of Kalasin, local police chief Major General Kanisorn Noinard said. “Police arrested the teenagers and asked them why they fought. They said they were tattooed because they believed it would make them invincible and wanted to test whether it works or not,” Kanisorn said. When asked if the fights had injured any of the followers, he said “every single one” was hurt.
Man sues church for lost leg
The case of the man whose leg had to be amputated after a 270kg crucifix fell on him will go to trial in January. Attorney Kevin Kitson says his client, David Jimenez, prayed to the crucifix outside St Patrick’s Church in New York State after his wife was diagnosed with cancer. When she recovered, he showed his thanks by volunteering to clean the cross. In May 2010, the crucifix fell on him, crushing his right leg. It was later amputated. He is suing the church for US$3 million.