Magistrate bans naming of officer in shooting case

Local | 2 Jun 2020 7:59 pm

A magistrate has banned the media from reporting the name of a policeman involved in a shooting case in Sai Wan Ho, after his family received death threats.
A policeman fired three shots when handling road blockage on November 11 last year, during which a man was shot.
Chow Pak-kwan, 21, and Woo Tsz-kin, 20, were granted bail after they appeared in West Kowloon magistrates' court for the case.
The IVE student and HKU Space student were charged of willfully obstructing police officer A in due execution of duty, and attempted robbery of a police revolver.
Chow, who was shot by a gun, faced an additional count of attempt to escape from lawful custody.
They did not enter a plea, and the case was adjourned to June 30 to be heard at District Court.
Prosecution asked the court not to name the policeman A involved.
In two hours within the incident, the school where two of the policeman's daughters studied was surrounded. They left immediately, and have withdrawn from the school since then.
The policeman and his daughters also received letters saying “your whole family should die” and “you will live a life worse than death”. The policeman's personal details were used to buy insurance and borrow loans from banks.
Prosecution said the family lives in fear and needs counseling.
Principal magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen granted the request, saying his family members especially children are innocent. He banned anyone from publishing the names, pictures and addresses of the policeman, his wife and daughters.

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