Two students were acquitted of charges of assaulting police officers during a protest against parallel trading in Tuen Mun earlier this year.
Magistrate So Kai-cheung ruled that the testimony of the police officer in the case was not believable, Ming Pao Daily reported on Tuesday.
Secondary three student Kuoc Ho-pan, 16, was accused of assaulting police sergeant Kwok Kim-wai at the V City shopping mall in Tuen Mun on March 8, while university student Jeannette Chan, 21, was said to have willfully obstructed a police officer in the execution of duty by trying to keep Kuoc from getting arrested.
Both denied the charges against them.
Kwok told the court that he only knew a lot of people were gathered at the shopping mall on March 8, but it was not clear to him why.
The magistrate called his testimony “overly dishonest”, saying it was impossible for Kwok as team leader of the police force assigned to assist other constables in the area not to know what was going on that day.
A video footage presented in court showed Kuoc being subdued by several constables and Kwok punching him with his right hand.
The magistrate also said a police constable’s testimony that Kuoc threw a bottle at him from a distance of seven meters was not credible because it was not possible to do so in view of the packed crowd.
As for Chan, the magistrate said the video clip did not show that she was involved in the clash with police officers.
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