A man who attacked media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying at the Occupy protest site in Admiralty has pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault, Apple Daily reported Friday.
Yip Wing-chi, 44, who runs a chicken porridge restaurant, admitted in an Eastern district magistrate’s court Thursday that he attacked Lai on Nov. 12, 2014.
But he pleaded not guilty to another charge of assaulting a volunteer at the scene.
Lai, 67, founded Next Digital Ltd. (00282.HK) — formerly known as Next Media — which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper and website.
He told the court he was attacked by a group of men who threw bags of rotten animal organs at him while he was making one of his periodic visits to student activists who were camping out at the site to press for political reforms.
Lai said he was hit by three or four bags, and the entrails in them covered his body.
He said the attackers cursed him using foul language.
Media reported at the time that Lai merely walked out of the camp without reporting the attack to the police.
He was quoted as saying that it was “only stinky, not a big deal”.
Three attackers were caught and held down by some activists, who handed them over to the police.
The other two, surnamed Chan and Li, pleaded not guilty to similar charges.
Before Lai entered court to testify, he was surrounded by dozens of protesters who called him a traitor for his longtime support for democracy.
The hearing continues Friday.
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