A mainland tourist admitted in court that she smashed a car owned by Sing Tao News Corp. with her umbrella after a reporter and a cameraman from the news outfit approached her for an interview in the rain.
An Eastern District Magistrates’ Court found the 45-year-old woman, surnamed Wu, guilty of criminal damage and ordered her to pay a fine of HK$2,000 (US$258), Apple Daily reported on Friday.
She was also ordered to pay the news group the sum of HK$4,000 within 24 hours for the damaged property, the report said.
The court heard that on July 20, Wu got on a taxi with a large dog and luggage on the east-bound side of Gloucester Road across the Excelsior Hotel in Causeway Bay.
She wanted to go to Kowloon, but the taxi driver refused to go through the cross-harbor tunnel and asked her to get off the vehicle.
It was while she was left standing in the rain that a Sing Tao reporter and a cameraman approached her for an interview.
Her frustration turned into rage, and she used her two umbrellas to smash the rear-view mirror and air-conditioning system of the Sing Tao staff’s car. Police came and arrested her.
Seeking leniency from the judge, Wu’s lawyer said she came on a two-way permit for a sightseeing tour of the city while her husband was teaching in Beijing.
She only acted on impulse because she felt helpless after being turned down by the taxi driver and, given her situation, she took the reporter’s request for an interview as an insult, the lawyer said, adding that she regretted what she did.
The Sing Tao staff said they wanted to interview the woman because they found it strange that she was walking in the middle of the road.
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