The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has sued a 65-year-old man who has been doing repair work on bicycles for free near his home in Sha Tin.
Suen Tak-fui, who appeared in a Sha Tin Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday without any legal representation, entered no plea to charges of illegal hawking and causing obstruction on the street, Apple Daily reported on Thursday.
Since he retired several years ago, Suen has been doing bicycle repairs for free under a bridge next to the cycle track on Sha Kok Street, the newspaper said.
He was arrested on June 28 after FEHD officials saw a customer pay him HK$10 for bike parts and confiscated his tools. He was accused of charging for the service without a license.
Suen, who is living with his children and has not applied for government welfare, said outside the court he hopes the government will not pursue the case as he was only doing volunteer service to the neighborhood.
He said he sometimes collected small payments, usually between HK$10 and HK$20, for the parts he used in the repairs.
As the prosecution needs more time to discuss the case, the judge granted him bail of HK$40. Hearing has been adjourned until July 29.
Meanwhile, several of Suen’s friends have sent letters to the Department of Justice seeking clemency for the retiree. Members of the District Council have also written mitigation letters on his behalf.
A member of the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance said the government should not have charged Suen as he was providing voluntary bike repair services without profit.
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