Bill warning on hospital fracas

Local | Jane Cheung 23 May 2019

A mainlander was warned in court yesterday she will not be let off the hook for causing trouble in a hospital.

One-way permit holder Gu Jianfen, 41, had through her lawyer twice sought to have her case settled with a good behavior bond.

But Kowloon City principal magistrate Bernadette Woo Huey-fang said she would not let the case drop so easily as the woman caused disorder in a place where professionals save lives.

"I won't go easy on you," Woo told Gu.

Gu pleaded guilty to common assault for pushing a nurse named Law to the floor at Kwong Wah Hospital on January 29 after she refused to let her son, suffering from an earache, see a doctor first.

Gu had taken her son to the hospital at 2.35am and approached nurses many times to ask them to treat him first.

At 3.10am she became emotional when Law asked her to be patient. Gu hit Law on the head and neck with her hands and a handbag, so staff called police.

Woo said she needed a community service report before sentencing, but asked a defense lawyer if Gu would agree, saying: "I don't want to waste time and manpower on the report only to learn she doesn't accept it."

The lawyer said Gu would accept it.

Woo then said the court would not go easy on Gu, but the sentence depended on the report from a probation officer.

Gu is a waitress and lives with her husband, daughter, 18, and son, 10, in Mong Kok. Her lawyer said Gu's actions stemmed from seeing her son - diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum - in pain.

He also said Gu was criticized by the public and had not slept properly for months after the incident was reported by media.

The case was adjourned to June 11.

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