Designer sentenced to five months in jail for police assualt

Local | 11 Sep 2020 1:36 pm

A 22-year-old advertising designer has been sentenced to five months and 15 days for attacking a senior inspector with an umbrella and owning two cans of spray paint.

Cheung Chun-man, was accused of using an umbrella to attack Alex Wai Kam-kwong last November at Pottinger Street in Central, where there had been an anti-government protest.

He faced a count of assaulting a police officer in the due execution of his duty and another count of possessing things with intent to damage property.

Magistrate Cheang Kei-hong delivered his verdict at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court today, saying Cheung’s intention to spray-paint protest slogans on shop facades and streets was “abhorrent”.

Cheang slammed the defendant for being dishonest as he changed into a black t-shirt, headed towards Central – where protesters were blocking roads, setting objects ablaze, and painting graffiti – to wait for a bus and stayed on Hong Kong Island for six hours despite claiming he didn’t join the rally there. 

The magistrate added Cheung would have chosen to purchase a sandwich in a convenience store instead of dining in a restaurant if he wanted to return home as soon as possible. 

Cheang fully accepted evidence from Wai, saying his statement was relevant to a video recording showing Cheung hitting him with an umbrella.

Cheang believed Cheung would seize a chance to spray-paint on streets as he admitted that he shouldn’t be carrying the paints when officers made the arrest.

He further lambasted the defendant for acting “selfishly”, saying that slogans protesters painted on streets often incite hatred and violence in society and that authorities would have to make an effort to restore the damaged properties. 

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