Date
26 March 2017
A judge has ruled that a 54-year-old housewife (inset) acted in defense and cleared her of assault. Photos: Ming Pao Daily, Google Maps
A judge has ruled that a 54-year-old housewife (inset) acted in defense and cleared her of assault. Photos: Ming Pao Daily, Google Maps

Woman cleared of assault but son gets two months in prison

A middle-aged woman has been found not guilty of assaulting an MTR employee.

The 54-year-old housewife, surnamed Chow, acted in self-defense, Ming Pao Daily reports, citing the ruling by the Tuen Mun magistrates’ court.

Her 25-year-old son, a parallel trader surnamed Lau, was sentenced to two months in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of assault.

The incident took place on Sept. 10 when the defendants accosted two MTR staffers in the corridor of the courthouse.

The two were witnesses in a separate hearing involving Lau over a penalty ticket the latter received from the MTR for abusive language.

Lau punched the plaintiffs, whom he accused of bullying his mother, the court heard.

Chow denied assaulting anyone of them.

The judge said Chow’s testimony was contradictory but gave her the benefit of the doubt because there was no witness to the attack attributed to her.

The judge said it was possible Chow was acting in self-defense after noting that she had marks in her neck from an arm lock by one of the plaintiffs.   

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