Date
19 November 2019
The magistrate rejected the defendant’s bail application and ordered him to remain in police custody. Photo: HKEJ
The magistrate rejected the defendant’s bail application and ordered him to remain in police custody. Photo: HKEJ

Student, 18, charged over box cutter attack on police officer

An 18-year-old student was charged with wounding with intent for allegedly slashing the neck of a police officer outside Kwun Tong MTR station on Sunday.

The maximum penalty for the offense is life imprisonment.

The case was mentioned at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, but the defendant was not present as he was still in hospital, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Granting the prosecution’s request, Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai decided to adjourn the hearing to Friday.

Chainrai also rejected the defendant’s bail application, saying it should be dealt with during the hearing, and ordered that the defendant remain in police custody.

The court heard that the defendant approached a police officer on the footbridge near exit A1 of Kwun Tong MTR Station on Sunday afternoon and slashed the officer’s neck from behind with a sharp object, apparently a box cutter, in an attempt to cause him grievous bodily harm.

It was reported that the police had found in the defendant’s residence a note that he had apparently written before the incident.

The injured officer is said to be in stable condition after the attack.

The prosecution has applied to ban media from disclosing the officer’s identity for his personal safety. The officer has been identified as X.

Also on Tuesday, two men charged with possession of offensive weapons appeared at the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court. The magistrate rejected their bail applications and ordered them to be remanded in custody due to the gravity of the case.

They were arrested on Sunday outside Tong Ming Street Park and Sheung Tak Plaza in Tseung Kwan O after they were each found carrying two petrol bombs without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.

The case was adjourned to Dec. 10.

Meanwhile, two men, aged 30 and 24, appeared at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court after they were arrested in Mong Kok on Sunday for assaulting a police officer.

The older man was charged with assault with one count of intent to rob, while the other was charged with assaulting a police officer, possessing an offensive weapon, possessing a Hong Kong identity card of another person, and assaulting a police officer.

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