Date
24 January 2017
Derek Lam (inset) has been acquitted of a charge of assault relating to a student action in 2014 called 'Reclaim Civic Square'. Photos: CNSA, Apple Daily
Derek Lam (inset) has been acquitted of a charge of assault relating to a student action in 2014 called 'Reclaim Civic Square'. Photos: CNSA, Apple Daily

Scholarism member acquitted of assaulting security guard

A member of student pro-democracy activist group Scholarism who was accused of attacking a security guard during the “Reclaim Civic Square” action by students in 2014 walked free Thursday.

An Eastern magistrate’s court ruled that the guard’s testimony was questionable, so Derek Lam Shun-hin, 22, should be acquitted of the assault charge against him, Apple Daily reported Friday.

The guard, surnamed Yau, told the court his right thumb was twisted by a protesting student when he grabbed his backpack.

The student, who looked 35 years of age, wore glasses and had a chubby figure, Yau testified.

But Lam’s lawyer said the guard failed to recall and describe the shape of the glasses.

Lam wears spectacles with distinctive circular frames.

The guard claimed he immediately pointed out his attacker to a police officer in plain clothes, but the court found that the officer was in fact wearing a uniform.

Considering the contradictions in Yau’s testimony, the magistrate ruled that Lam should be acquitted and have his litigation fees reimbursed.

Lam said outside court that a price has to be paid for a better society and people should fight to achieve it.

He was also arrested on Feb. 10 on suspicion of being involved in the Mong Kok clashes on the night of Feb.8.

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