A Polytechnic University student who was charged with some offenses during an anti-parallel-trading protest in February walked free from a court on Monday as a magistrate dismissed the testimonies of two police constables involved in the case.
The defendant, a 22-year-old man surnamed Li, was charged with assaulting police officers during a protest at Trend Plaza in Tuen Mun on February 8.
During a court hearing, a police constable surnamed Leung told the judge that he saw a man in a green coat standing with his back against him after apparently jabbing Leung hard on his left shoulder blade.
Another police constable surnamed Kung also testified that a man in a green coat used his left elbow to hit Leung.
However, a video clip shot at the scene showed that the defendant actually wore a light grey T-shirt when he was arrested that day, Ming Pao Daily reported.
The two constables later confessed that they colluded with some colleagues as they wrote down their testimonies. They claimed that they did so only to make their testimonies about the time of assault consistent.
Moreover, the defendant claimed that he saw Leung and Kung enjoying a smoke together outside the court during recession before Kung was set to testify after Leung, although they denied any exchange of words.
The judge, who had told Leung not to discuss the case with others, was clearly dissatisfied with such an act, reprimanding Leung for putting himself in a suspicious position.
The judge said in his ruling that the witnesses’ behavior was not only suspicious but also unwise and inappropriate. Thus, he decided to dismiss the case.
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