A woman who was found guilty of assaulting a senior police officer with her breasts has failed in her appeal to convince a High Court judge to reverse the decision by a magistrates’ court in July last year, but it is likely that she might get a shorter jail term or a lesser penalty, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Ng Lai-ying, 31, had been given a jail term of three months and 15 days by a Tuen Mun court for using her breasts to attack police chief inspector Chan Ka-po during a protest against mainland parallel traders in Yuen Long in March last year.
She then filed an appeal, saying her conviction and the jail term given her were improper.
The Honourable Mrs. Justice Judiana Barnes of the Court of First Instance, who had previously saidshe could not agree with the suggestion that a woman could not use her breasts to attack a police officer, affirmed the lower court’s ruling on Monday.
She said Ng’s offense was serious because, by bumping her breasts against the officer and crying out “indecent assault”, she made a false accusation that could have incited the crowd and led to an uncontrollable situation.
However, the judge agreed with Ng that the jail term was too much, and asked for a report on her community service before a new sentence is decided, Apple Daily reported.
Ng was granted bail and her new sentence will be announced on Sept. 26.
She said outside the court that she was satisfied with the result of her appeal, adding that she felt relieved.
Three other defendants in the case, including Ng’s boyfriend, Kwong Chun-lung, 22, also saw their convictions affirmed.
They were granted bail pending their new sentences, which will also be given on Sept. 26.
They are also likely to avoid imprisonment as the judge considered their acts unpremeditated and none of them had prior criminal records, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Woman jailed for 3.5 months for attacking police with breasts (Jul. 30, 2015)
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