28 October 2016
Wong Ho said he was framed by police who attacked him during the protest. Photos: Reuters, Apple Daily
Wong Ho said he was framed by police who attacked him during the protest. Photos: Reuters, Apple Daily

Assault charges against designer dropped in wake of police video

Assault charges filed against a 35-year-old designer were dropped after police video footage showed officers beating him up, instead of the other way around, Apple Daily reports.

The defendant, Wong Ho, was alleged to have assaulted police officer Tai Siu-fung during an Occupy protest outside the CITIC Tower in Admiralty on Sept. 27, 2014.

But at the start of the court proceedings on Wednesday, the plaintiff told the magistrate that they were moving for the charges against Wong to be dropped.

Barrister Douglas Kwok King-hin, who represented Wong, demanded the plaintiff pay for the legal costs under the Costs in Criminal Case ordinance, which could amount to more than HK$30,000.

The plaintiff did not oppose to the request. The final amount will be determined by a court master.

Kwok said police initially said they had no video footage of the incident, but it later emerged that they had the recording.

He said he was notified by the plaintiff at 7 p.m. on Tuesday that charges would be dropped after the related footage was submitted to the latter.

Kwok also applied for witness allowances for the four witnesses in the case, as it was too late to inform them that a trial was no longer necessary.

Wong said outside the court that he was framed by the police.

He said he was at the protest site to support the students. He was about to help rinse the eyes of a student who was hit by police’s pepper spray, when he was pressed to the ground by around six or eight officers who threw punches at him.

Wong sustained injuries to his back and both arms during the tussle.

Wong said he had been looking for video clips to prove his innocence and he succeeded after his attorney, who also represented other protesters in the incident, found a police video footage from the evidence.

Wong said he plans to lodge a complaint with the Complaints Against Police Office.

Meanwhile, student leaders Alex Chow Wing-hong, Nathan Law Kwun-chung and Joshua Wong Chi-fung are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 29 in connection with charges filed against them for their roles in the Occupy protest movement of 2014.

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