Date
23 May 2017
A Sha Tin court is hearing a case brought by a Hong Kong woman against a mainlander following a confrontation that initially began at the 
New Town Plaza mall. Photos; HKEJ, RTHK
A Sha Tin court is hearing a case brought by a Hong Kong woman against a mainlander following a confrontation that initially began at the New Town Plaza mall. Photos; HKEJ, RTHK

Mainland woman denies assault in case involving stroke victim

A mainland woman who has been accused of assaulting a 54-year-old Hong Kong lady at an MTR station earlier this year has rejected the charges.

Appearing at a local court Tuesday, the defendant — a person surnamed Huang – said she acted merely to protect her interests as the Hong Kong woman was recording her on a mobile phone.

Huang also said that the entire incident at the Sha Tin MTR station in May began as the plaintiff’s daughter made provocative remarks by calling mainlanders “garbage”.

Huang’s lawyer told the Sha Tin Magistrates’ Court that video footage of an altercation between his client and the 54-year-old Hong Kong lady merely shows that the older woman fell to the ground.

However, there is no evidence that the woman, who bears the surname Lam, fell because Huang pushed her, the lawyer said, according to news website hk01.com. 

The comments came as Huang went on trial on charges of attacking Lam and her daughter at the Sha Tin MTR station on May 9.

According to prosecutors, the mainland woman pushed Lam to the ground, causing her to bump her head against the floor.

As a result of the impact, Lam suffered speech impairment and was unable to move her limbs, showing symptoms of a stroke, it was alleged.

Following the incident, Huang was charged with assault and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The defendant was said to be visiting Hong Kong with her husband and daughter when the attack took place. 

The court heard from Lam that frictions with the mainland family began initially when they came across each other at a toy store in New Town Plaza.

Lam said her two-year-old grandson was hit by Huang’s daughter on the afternoon of May 9, leading to angry exchange of words between the two sides. 

Moments later, according to Lam, the two families ran into each other at the MTR Sha Tin Station.

It was then that Huang charged at her and pushed her down, Lam said.

The judge concurred that video footage presented to the court corroborated Lam’s testimony.

Lam’s lawyer also showed the victim’s medical report, which proved that she suffered a stroke due to the impact.

The lawyer told the court that Lam still needs a stick to help her walk even though her condition has improved.

Huang defended herself by saying that she confronted Lam because the latter was filming her on a mobile phone and that the Hong Kong woman’s daughter made derogatory remarks against mainlanders.

The hearing will continue on Wednesday.

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