Date
21 October 2019
Taking up the case of a man who was accused of a violent attack on a police officer, a judge at the Sha Tin Magistrates' Courts has agreed to adjourn the proceedings to September. Photo: HKEJ
Taking up the case of a man who was accused of a violent attack on a police officer, a judge at the Sha Tin Magistrates' Courts has agreed to adjourn the proceedings to September. Photo: HKEJ

Protester, 22, accused of biting a cop’s finger granted bail

A 22-year-old man who was arrested for attacking police officers during the clashes that took place at a shopping mall in Sha Tin over the weekend has been granted bail by a local court.

To Kai-wa, who allegedly bit off part of a policeman’s finger during the clashes at New Town Plaza after an extradition bill-related protest march, saw his case come up at the Sha Tin Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.

With the charges read out against him, To — who had recently graduated from the University of Hong Kong and is now employed by a securities firm — was let off on bail and surety totaling HK$20,000.

To had been arrested during a police clearing operation at the Sha Tin mall on Sunday and was slapped with several charges. 

According to the prosecution, To used an umbrella to attack a detective sergeant and a senior superintendent during the chaos at New Town Plaza on the night of July 14.

While he was being subdued, he allegedly bit off part of the detective sergeant’s right ring finger. To’s lawyer, however, claimed that it was the sergeant who put the finger in the defendant’s mouth.

To was charged with two counts of wounding with intent the two police officers, one count of assaulting another police officer and one count of failing to produce proof of his identity.

Despite the prosecution’s objection, the magistrate decided to release To on HK$10,000 cash bail and HK$10,000 personal surety.

Meanwhile, he was ordered not to enter the Sha Tin mall or leave Hong Kong during the period of bail.

To must also report to police every night on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and observe a curfew where he must stay at home from midnight to 6 am every day in the coming weeks.

The magistrate agreed to the prosecution’s request to adjourn the case until Sept. 10, pending work such as procuring video footage from the mall, collecting medical certificates on the injured police officer and gathering the results of forensic analysis.

According to police, a total of 47 people were arrested after the Sha Tin mall incident, during which 13 officers sustained injuries and were hospitalized.

In related news, the anti-triad unit of the Sha Tin police district on Tuesday searched the flats of two members of the political party Demosistō, Calvin Chu Yan-ho and William Liu Wai-lim, who were arrested during Sunday’s clashes for unlawful assembly.

The duo was granted bail late on Tuesday after being under detention for more than 40 hours. They must report to the police in mid-August.

In a Facebook post, Demosistō wondered whether the police was trying to link up the Sha Tin clashes, the Demosistō party and criminal gangs.

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