Date
20 October 2017
The seven officers were found guilty of "assault occasioning actual bodily harm" by a district court judge on Tuesday. Photo: HKEJ
The seven officers were found guilty of "assault occasioning actual bodily harm" by a district court judge on Tuesday. Photo: HKEJ

Seven cops in Ken Tsang assault case to be sentenced Friday

Seven policemen convicted of assault on pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang face sentencing on Friday.

They are Chief Inspector Wong Cho-sing, Senior Inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai, Sergeant Pak Wing-bun and police constables Lau Hing-pui, Wong Wai-ho, Kwan Ka-ho and Chan Siu-tan.

They have been remanded in custody, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The defendants were found guilty of “assault occasioning actual bodily harm” by a district court judge on Tuesday.

Chan was also found guilty of an additional charge of common assault.

District Court Judge David Dufton said all related videos presented in court were authentic and admissible, despite criticism that they could have been tampered with.

He also considered testimony given by Tsang reliable and the police identification process fair.

All of those are sufficient for the court to determine what exactly happened that day, the judge said.

The seven policemen were accused of beating Tsang in the early morning of Oct. 15, 2014 in a dark alley in Admiralty after he was arrested in a street protest for allegedly assaulting police officers and resisting arrest.

The incident was caught on camera by a television news crew and its broadcast triggered public outcry over police brutality.

The court’s ruling angered the defendants’ supporters and led to clashes outside the courthouse.

Joe Chan, chairman of the Junior Police Officers Association, said in a statement that the decision was not acceptable because there are still doubts in the case.

The group called it prejudiced, unfair and unjust.

Chan said the association will provide assistance to the seven officers and their families.

Tsang, on the other hand, said he will not comment until sentence is given, adding he did not feel relaxed after hearing the verdict.

Eric Cheung Tat-ming, a principal lecturer in the University of Hong Kong, said the sentence will not depend on how hard Tsang was beaten but how deeply the defendants were involved.

The one who called the shots in beating up Tsang is likely to receive a heavier penalty, he said.

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