Wan Chai police HQ siege pair arrested

Top News | Amy Nip 19 Jul 2019

Two of the protesters who besieged the police headquarters in Wan Chai on two separate days have been arrested for criminal damage and assaulting an officer.

An 18-year-old bartender, surnamed Wong, was arrested after he allegedly vandalized the external walls of the building with spray paint on June 21, according to Lo Ka-chun, acting superintendent of the Narcotics Bureau.

Wu Miu-yee, chief inspector of the Commercial Crime Bureau, said a 25-year-old man, surnamed Sham, who claims to be a construction worker, was held for assaulting an officer on June 26.

She said the officer was surrounded and assaulted outside the headquarters while he was heading to work that day. The officer sustained injuries to his waist and face.

Both men remain in custody. Lo did not rule out the possibility of more arrests.

"On June 21 and 26, a considerable number of protesters besieged the headquarters, during which various kinds of illegal behavior were committed," he said.

Meanwhile, a meat seller appeared in the Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court yesterday for allegedly kicking a man who he said tore memos off a Lennon wall in Kowloon Bay.

Leung Ping-chuen, 63, was charged with common assault. He said he was looking at the wall at the Kowloon Bay bus terminus when Chow Wai-cheung, 65, tore off the memos. An argument and Leung allegedly kicked Chow in the stomach. The case will be mentioned again on August 15.

Leung was released on HK$500 bail, but is banned from entering the Kowloon Bay bus terminus and approaching any of the prosecution witnesses.

A 46-year-old taxi driver will appear in the same court today for punching a man over a Lennon wall dispute. The cabbie, surnamed Wong, was charged with two counts of causing grievous bodily harm after he allegedly hit a man, surnamed Mak, who has a black belt in taekwondo, in front of the wall.

Separately, police received a report after midnight about a suspected case of arson at a Lennon wall on the New Jade Garden footbridge in Chai Wan.

amy.nip@singtaonewscorp.com

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