A woman who attacked her elderly mother-in-law is facing one count of common assault after a magistrate refused to bind her over.
Ye Yuna, 28, had been offered a bind-over by her mother-in-law but the magistrate ruled such an order was inappropriate because of the level of violence, according to Ming Pao Daily.
A bind-over order can take the place of a conviction by requiring the defendant to be on good behavior.
However, the judge decided against it after reviewing a video clip of the alleged attack.
The case stemmed from an Aug. 4 incident in which Lai Yin-hing, 70, was set upon by Ye in a Hung Hom flat.
In the video taken by her husband, Ye is shown pinning the old woman to a couch and pressing an elbow against her chest.
Ye is next shown grabbing Lai’s legs and dragging her to the floor.
Lai suffered injuries to her forearm but there was no sign of injury to her chest or legs.
Ye denied the charge and the case was adjourned to Sept. 29.
Kwok Ching-ying of the Caritas Family Crisis Support Center said cramped living conditions could easily trigger family conflict.
He said the role of the husband is crucial in such situations.
He should stay neutral and try to separate the parties as soon as possible.
If these measures are not enough, he should seek help from a social worker or the police, Kwok said.
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