A Hong Kong kindergarten principal accused of accepting designer clothes and expensive accessories from a mother has been found not guilty by a magistrates’ court.
The mother was also cleared, according to Apple Daily.
The judge ruled that Victoria (Harbour Green) Kindergarten allows its principal to receive gifts although the policy is rare and unreasonable.
In addition, there was no evidence Gabriel Li, the school principal, intended to take a bribe or that the mother offered the gifts to build up their relationship, the judge said.
All seven counts against the defendants were dismissed but the judge said their acts “were suspicious”.
Li was accused of accepting the gifts from the 39-year-old mother, surnamed Wong, between 2011 and 2013.
These included a Moiselle jacket and a Bally scarf worth HK$6,600 (US$851), prosecutors said.
They said Li also asked the school’s staff to hold a birthday party for Wong’s two-year-old son and give him special treatment such as changing his shirts and helping him drink his medicine.
Wong was charged with bribing three teachers with Bally and Salvatore Ferragamo purses worth HK$2,000 each.
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