An Indonesian-Hong Kong woman has been handed a 12-month probation order by a Hong Kong court Tuesday after she was found guilty of “common assault” on an MTR staffer in October.
Cheung Siu-fong, 49, and her boyfriend Yu Hon-chung, 58, got into a conflict with a female MTR employee at Lo Wu station on Oct. 1.
The problem began as the railway staffer demanded to see Cheung’s Octopus card amid suspicion that she was using a concessionary elderly card meant for people aged over 60.
Cheung took umbrage at the request and spat on the MTR staffer in a fit of rage before attempting to flee. Meanwhile, her boyfriend is said to have kicked the rail worker and thrown her to the ground.
MTR authorities then pressed charges against the duo.
In a ruling on Nov. 24, the Fanling Magistrates’ court sentenced Yu to two weeks imprisonment, while deferring an order on his girlfriend.
On Tuesday, a judge finally delivered the sentence on Cheung, ordering a year-long probation.
During the hearing, the court heard that Cheung had been suffering from depression and early psychosis since the past five years, Apple Daily reported.
Her condition has worsened since the suicide of her daughter two years ago, the defendant’s lawyer said.
Magistrate Bernadette Woo Huey-fang, however, said that the disturbed emotional condition can’t be used to justify an attack on another person.
She also noted that spitting at a person can’t be taken lightly, as it is regarded as a huge “insult”.
Cheung should learn to control her moods and avoid getting into unpleasant situations, Woo said.
The judge also advised Cheung to come to terms with the tragic death of her daughter and not be consumed by negative emotions.
Cheung is said to have burst into tears on hearing Woo’s words.
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