Top News | Phoebe Ng 10 Aug 2017

The last of seven policemen convicted of assaulting a protester during the Occupy movement in 2014 has been granted bail pending an appeal.

Detective Constable Kwan Ka-ho, 33, and six other officers already bailed were given a two-year jail term for carrying the pro-democracy camp's Ken Tsang Kin-chiu to a dark corner in Admiralty to beat him up.

On condition of HK$100,000 bail money and surrendering of travel documents, the officer walked free from the High Court building yesterday.

The seven officers are challenging the convictions and sentencing by District Court judge David Dufton in February.

Justice Michael Lunn, QC, Court of Appeal vice president, granted the application on the grounds that the officers would have completed most, if not all, of their prison terms by the time their appeal case can be dealt with.

The judge also agreed that the sentence - a starting point of two-and-a-half years reduced to two years after mitigation - can be disputable. The prosecution side did not protest against the application as well.

Representing Kwok were barristers Charlotte Draycott and Priscilia Lam Tsz- ying. Draycott told the court that more time would be needed to prepare grounds for appeal.

Back in February, the group, charged with intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm, were found guilty of a lesser charge of actual bodily harm.

Tsang, part of a group of pro- democracy protesters, was involved in a clash with police outside government headquarters during the Occupy movement.

It was in the early hours of October 15, 2014, that officers carried the handcuffed Tsang to a dark corner of Tamar Park and dumped him on the ground.

Detective sergeant Pak Wing-bun, 42, then began "stamping and kicking" him.

Kwan and colleagues Lau Hing-pui, 38, Chan Siu- tan, 31, and Wong Wai- ho, 36, joined in. The assault was captured by media and police cameras.

Chief inspector Wong Cho-shing, 48, and senior inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai, 29, looked on.

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