A traffic policeman has pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice and misconduct for allegedly letting a motorcyclist off lightly.
Chong Yuk-lun, 35, should have given the motorcyclist a stiffer punishment, rather than a fine of HK$450 (US$58), Ming Pao Daily reports, citing court documents.
The incident happened in June last year when Lai King-pun, 36, crossed a double white line near Sino Plaza in Causeway Bay.
Lai testified that Chong complimented him for his choice of motorbike before handing him a penalty ticket.
He quoted Chong as saying it would be “a pity for a nice-looking bike like his to be damaged in a traffic accident”, adding that he was planning to buy a similar bike.
Prosecutors said the officer should have issued a moving violation ticket and driving demerits.
Lai said he told Chong that the bike was for sale and that he gave the latter his mobile number after he asked for it.
The two met the next day and agreed on a sale price of HK$77,000 (US$10,000), a HK$3,000 discount to Lai’s asking price, the court heard.
Lai bought the Yamaha TMAX black motorbike in January 2015 for HK$84,000, according to Apple Daily.
Chong’s superior, Chief Inspector James Lee, testified that a police officer who hands out a ticket becomes a witness and should never have contact with the offender until the case is heard.
Lee said officers are prohibited from exercising discretion in instances where a violation involves crossing a double white line.
Chong’s lawyer said his client might have seen Lai cross a hazard warning line instead of a double white line owing to the busy traffic conditions in the area.
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