Security guard's bail plea rejected

Top News | Jane Cheung 14 Aug 2019

A security guard who faces charges of assaulting a cop and possessing an explosive substance in Sunday's protest, was yesterday refused bail.

Cheong Hon-tung, 25, set up road blocks at an intersection in Whampoa and pointed laser pointers at a cop's eyes on Sunday, it is alleged.

He is also alleged to have kicked officers and had to be subdued by three policemen when he was arrested.

Cheong, a security guard who escorts cash, appeared before Kowloon City Court Magistrate Raymond Wong Kwok-fai.

The court heard that police seized from Cheong seven smoke bombs measuring 10 centimeters each, rubber band projectors, iron beans, a 15cm knife and protest materials including masks and helmets.

The prosecution said Cheong was not an ordinary protester as he possessed advanced materials including smoke bombs.

"In the light of the serious nature, considering that the defendant may participate in future protests and reoffend while on bail, his application for bail has been rejected," Wong said.

Barrister Randy Shek Shu-ming said Cheong kicked an officer in the mouth because he was pushed down a staircase when arrested. The case was adjourned to September 10.

Wong ordered a curfew on a former flight attendant accused of assaulting an officer at the Tsim Sha Tsui protest on Saturday.

Kwok Lai-fan, 28, allegedly pointed a laser beam at an officer's eyes.

Kwok currently works as a job recruiter in Central, and sometimes has to work until 8pm and go on business trips, her lawyer said.

Kwok was released on bail but must stay at home between 1am and 6am.

Separately, a 24-year-old man, Nip Ka-po, was charged with rioting and 16 people - three women and 13 men aged between 14 and 27 - with unlawful assembly at the Tsim Sha Tsui protest on Sunday.

They included Herman Mah Hau-man, 24, Cheng Chi-kin, 21, female Lau Wai-wing, 18, Kwok Ka-fai, 21, Kate Lee Wing-kei, 27, Ng Pak-hei, 21, a 14-year-old and Tam Wai-shing, 22.

Others are Liu Wai-ming, 25, Cheung Man-chun, 16, Heather Leung Cheuk-wah, 19, Chong Ka-ho, 24, Law Lok-man, 21, Wong Chin-po, 21, Matthew Yeung Chi-shun, 21 and Wong Yik-wai, 19.

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