Date
23 March 2017
Leung Chi-hang (inset) is claiming victory after a judge overturned his conviction for disturbing public order in a case stemming from last year's protests. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily
Leung Chi-hang (inset) is claiming victory after a judge overturned his conviction for disturbing public order in a case stemming from last year's protests. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

Man gets conviction trashed in protest drama

A truck worker found guilty of disrupting public order has had his conviction overturned after he submitted a news clip proving his innocence.

Leung Chi-hang, 28, sought a review of the verdict after presenting video evidence to a magistrate, according to Apple Daily.

He said he is relieved with the decision, adding justice has prevailed.  

The case stemmed from an incident in which he is alleged to have removed a police barricade during the street protests in October.

Two police officers testified Leung shoved the barricade onto the street while shouting “kill the cops”.

Leung was arrested on the spot.

In his defense, Leung said a girl came from behind and pushed the barricade and that he was misidentified as the culprit.

He said he was a spectator, not a protester.

But magistrate Yuen Wai-ming convicted Leung on the police evidence, saying it was unlikely he was misidentified given that he was wearing a distinctive yellow Brazil football jersey.

Yuen ruled the police testimonies were credible and reliable.

He granted Leung bail, pending sentencing.

On Thursday, Leung’s lawyers presented a Cable TV news clip of the incident and sought a reversal of the conviction.

Yuen said he was satisfied that there was no sign Leung moved the barricade, although his hands were on it.

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