Bail for accused finger chomper

Top News | Phoenix Un 17 Jul 2019

A University of Hong Kong graduate allegedly bit the finger of a detective sergeant and attacked two other officers with an umbrella during the Sha Tin mall clash on Sunday, a court heard yesterday.

To Kai-wa, 22, was escorted to a packed Sha Tin Magistrates' Court for mention afternoon.

He was represented by barrister Randy Shek Shu-ming.

To faces two counts of wounding with intent senior superintendent Leung Tsz-kin and detective sergeant Leung Kai-yip, one count of assaulting constable Ip Cheuk-kin and another count of failing to produce proof of identity on demand.

Prosecutor Crystal Chan Wing-sum told principal magistrate Ernest Lin Kam-hung that several thousand people assembled in New Town Plaza at Sha Tin on Sunday, with police making eight warnings they would take clearance action.

To first hit the back of Ip's neck with an umbrella, before Leung Tsz-kin tried to help his colleague, said Chan.

But as Leung Tsz-kin fell to the ground, his head was hit by To with the umbrella. Leung had tried to block the attack, breaking his right ring finger in the process.

Leung Kai-yip held To, who then bit off his right ring finger.

Chan asked for an adjournment until September 10 for further investigation, and objected to To's bail, as the case was serious and there was a high chance of him reoffending.

Lin granted To HK$20,000 cash bail and surety, and banned him from entering New Town Plaza or leaving the city.

In another assault case before Lin, a 23-year-old graduate of Polytechnic University, Lam Tsz-wo, was also granted the same bail and surety after appearing on three counts of assault on police.

Lam was originally arrested for taking part in an unlawful assembly on Sunday and was brought to Kwai Chung Police Station.

But while at the station Lam allegedly headbutted a policeman, punched another officer in the face and scratched the hands of a third officer on Monday.

To and Lam were not required to enter a plea.

Meanwhile, three protesters appeared in Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts over indecent assault and false imprisonment when they allegedly grabbed the phone of a woman who was taking photos during a clash in Mong Kok on July 7.

Wong Tsz-lung, 31, faced one count of indecent assault, while Wong along with Ng Yui-chit, 23, and Jessica So Wai-sin, 24, each faced one count of false imprisonment.

The hearing was adjourned to August 20.

Demosisto members Calvin Chu Yan-ho and William Liu Wai-lim were granted bail after being detained for more than 45 hours after they were escorted separately in handcuffs to their homes for a search.

They were arrested over unlawful assembly during the Sha Tin clash and their case is being investigated by the anti-triad bureau.

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