Date
20 September 2017
A Tuen Mun magistrate dismissed the charges against Kwok Yuk-hang because police had treated him unfairly and the prosecution had failed to prove its case. Photo: RTHK
A Tuen Mun magistrate dismissed the charges against Kwok Yuk-hang because police had treated him unfairly and the prosecution had failed to prove its case. Photo: RTHK

Man acquitted of cyberattack on police website

A marketing manager accused of attacking the website of the Hong Kong Police Force from his home during the Occupy movement in 2014 walked free Wednesday.

A Tuen Mun magistrates’ court ruled that police officers did not treat him fairly during their investigation, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Kwok Yuk-hang, 26, was charged with criminal damage and obtaining access to a computer with intent to commit an offence in relation to the attack on Oct 3, 2014.

The court heard that police went to Kwok’s flat to question him at around midnight, while he was sleeping.

Magistrate Kelly Shui said it was unfair to Kwok, because his mental condition at a time like that might not be suitable for him to be interrogated.

Kwok was also not told in time about his rights, such as that he could hire a lawyer, Shui said.

Moreover, the magistrate ruled that there were reasonable doubts in this case, as Kwok’s girlfriend was with him in the flat when the alleged cyberattack took place, and the prosecution had failed to prove who was responsible for the act.

The charges against Kwok were dismissed.

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