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Thursday, November 24, 2016, 00:30

Police assault charge trial adjourned

By Li Yinze

HONG KONG - The trial of a man charged with assaulting a police officer during a riot in Mong Kong in February was adjourned until Nov 29 in the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Churk Ling-hon, 32, was charged with one count of assaulting a police officer during the execution of his duties. Churk will take the witness stand in his next appearance.

Siu Chi-nang, the police officer who Churk allegedly assaulted using a long bamboo stick in the early morning of Feb 9, told the court Churk was standing a few feet away from him. He jabbed the bamboo stick into his shield twice, when rioters attempted to break a police cordon line at Shantung Street.

Siu recalled he issued a verbal warning, but Churk ignored it.

“He then turned around and tried to escape as we moved forward,” Siu said. “But he was in my sight all the time.”

The bamboo stick measured 2.8 meters in length, and 4 centimeters in diameter.

Siu and another officer, Foo Yeung-po, arrested Churk later that morning, when Churk fell to the ground.

The prosecutor played video footage by a local television station, but none of the videos captured the scene of the alleged assault.

More than 100 people were at the riot scene. They kept throwing objects like bricks, rubbish bins and glass bottles at police officers, Siu recalled.

The defense counsel argued that her client was filming during the unrest with his iPhone and GoPro, as well as a flash device attached to a long monopod.

Foo countered that he didn’t see any recording equipment when the man was arrested that night.

According to the Offences Against the Person Ordinance, anyone convicted of assaulting a police officer carrying out his duty is liable to face imprisonment for two years.

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