Retiree punching pedestrian gets suspended sentence

Local | 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. 

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