A 50-year-old woman is holding the Hong Kong police responsible for wrongful arrest and prosecution after she was detained for 16 days in 2015.
The woman, surnamed Fung, said she was arrested on Sept. 24, 2015 for criminal intimidation after officers barged into her home to take away a knife in her kitchen, Metro Daily reports.
Fung was later cleared by a court.
The incident took place after a security officer in her public housing estate asked her to stow a bicycle which had been left in a corridor.
An argument ensued when she told the officer she could not do it due to an injury suffered at work.
The security officer then called the police. Eight officers entered her home and took away a kitchen knife, which they used as a pretext to arrest her for criminal intimidation, Fung said.
Fung said she was pressed against the sofa with force and told to stay still or she will be booked for assaulting a police officer.
She was later taken to the Tuen Mun police station for interrogation.
Fung said she was not allowed to drink water or use the toilet during her detention, forcing her to urinate on the floor four times.
According to the officers, Fung reached for the kitchen knife and shouted “don’t touch my bicycle”, when they confronted her, news website hk01.com reports.
The case was brought to court the next day, with the prosecution arguing against bail. Prosecutors said Fung was mentally ill and should be sent to a hospital for evaluation.
Fun’g results came back normal after she spent 16 days in Siu Lam Psychiatric Center.
All charges were dropped.
The judge reprimanded the prosecution for wasting taxpayers’ money by coming to court with insufficient evidence.
Fung said she and her family suffered from her ordeal.
Her husband was taken ill, she lost 20 pounds and her daughter suffered from stress in her studies.
Pro-labor Neighborhood and Worker’s Service Center legislator Leung Yiu-chung said that the police took away the knife in order to fabricate the charges, adding the case is only the tip of the iceberg.
Fung’s complaint against the police has been passed to the Independent Police Complaints Council.
But Fung said she has not been contacted or given any updates.
In response to Metro Daily’s inquiries, the police confirmed that they have received Fung’s complaint and that it will be dealt with fairly.
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