Retiree punching pedestrian gets suspended sentenceLocal | 12 Jan 2021 6:03 pm
A retiree was sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment, suspended for two years after punching a pedestrian's head in front of a Lennon Wall.
An 85-year-old retired man argued with a female pedestrian who spotted him tearing away anti-government protesters’ posters from a “Lennon wall” at Ngau Tok Kok.
The man then punched her head several times when she recorded videos of the incident.
The retiree Ngan Hok-hoi was first charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm but was now charged with a lesser crime of common assault. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was given a 14 days’ jail and suspended for two years in Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court.
Magistrate Andrew Mok Tze-chung said the head is the most important body part and Ngan committed a serious offense for punching the victim’s head two to three times causing her face to swollen and red.
“Whatever the reason, violence is not the way to resolve a problem,” Mok emphasized. He accepted that Ngan committed the crime out of impulse and a suspended sentence is given with consideration of the defendant’s old age and no previous criminal record.
The court hears that Ngan was charged for attacking a female, surnamed Leung, on December 2 in 2019 outside East Kowloon Cultural Centre’s construction site on Ngau Tau Kok Road.