Date
24 January 2017
A magistrate in Kwun Tong ruled that there is not enough evidence to prove that Chan Wing-fai (inset) hit a police officer. Photos: RTHK, Apple Daily.
A magistrate in Kwun Tong ruled that there is not enough evidence to prove that Chan Wing-fai (inset) hit a police officer. Photos: RTHK, Apple Daily.

Gouwu protester found not guilty of attacking police officer

A property agent has been found not guilty of attacking a police officer in a post-Occupy movement guowu (shopping) march on Nathan Road in Mong Kok last year, Apple Daily reported Monday.

Chan Wing-fai, 56, was accused of punching Sergeant Choi Siu-ming in the forehead on the evening of April, 26, 2015. 

Choi told a Kwun Tong magistrate’s court more than a hundred people taking part in the protest rushed into Nathan Road that evening.

He said that when he and his colleagues asked the crowd to return to the sidewalk, they were called “corrupt cops”. 

Suddenly, Chan appeared in front of him and hit him on the forehead with his right hand, Choi testified.

Choi said he and other police officers stepped forward about 5-7 meters to arrest Chan and push him onto the floor. 

The sergeant claimed Chan never disappeared from his view after the attack.

Citing videos, the magistrate said there is not enough evidence to prove Chan had hit Choi. 

Choi might have wrongly recognized Chan as his attacker, and it is possible he caught him rather than the culprit, since it was crowded and dark, the magistrate said. 

Chan said the police officers beat him.

However, Choi denied that his colleagues punched Chan.

He said he learned that the corner of Chan’s eye was bleeding only after the incident, and he had no idea how Chan was injured.

Chan’s supporters applauded after the magistrate handed down a verdict of not guilty. 

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