An illegal hawker pleaded guilty to manslaughter for accidentally killing an officer of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department last year.
The defendant, 37-year-old Khan Rashid, was refused bail during a hearing in the High Court on Thursday, Ming Pao Daily reported. He will be kept in custody until his sentencing on Jan. 29.
Rashid, a Pakistani, came to Hong Kong in 1997 and worked as a driver for seven years.
He became unemployed in 2011 and worked as a hawker irregularly. He is living with his wife with three sons and three daughters.
On March 15, 2015, Rashid was seen by a surveillance camera selling caps outside On Lok Yuen Building on Des Voeux Road in Central.
Then he was confronted by Wu Kwong-sum, an FEHD officer who wanted to check if he had a license to sell goods in the streets.
Rashid started to pack his merchandise and tried to flee. But Wu grabbed his right arm to prevent him from leaving.
A video clip of the incident showed Rashid running a few steps up the building and struggling to break free.
Then Rashid is seen pushing Wu, who fell backwards. The back of the officer’s head hit the ground.
Police officers and paramedics arrived at around 4 p.m., and saw Wu lying on pavement, unconscious.
He suffered a cranial fracture and died three days later.
Investigation showed that Rashid sold goods outside On Lok Yuen Building without a license.
Rashid surrendered to the Central Police Station on March 17, two days after the accident.
He admitted he was the man captured by the CCTV footage, but denied having pushed Wu.
Rashid said he was busy struggling with Wu to free himself when the accident happened.
He also said he didn’t know Wu had been in a coma after the fall.
He said he was scared and left the scene immediately.
Rashid then took the MTR and got off at Admiralty, from where he went to a McDonald’s outlet to have a meal, the court heard.
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