Tourist guide 'wanted to beat rioters, sought gun'

Top News | Cindy Wan 22 Aug 2019

A man who allegedly stabbed three people with a chopper in front of a Lennon wall is a tour guide who had told a friend he wanted "to beat the rioters," it emerged yesterday.

The 50-year-old suspect, surnamed Hung, has been temporarily charged with three counts of wounding and will appear at Kwun Tong Magistrate's Court for mention this morning, said Kong Wing-cheung, senior superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch.

Hung allegedly attacked three people early on Tuesday in front of a Lennon wall in Tseung Kwan O.

One of the victims, a former Hong Kong Economic Journal reporter, remains in critical condition at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

She sustained three wounds in her lungs - one as deep as five centimeters - and had blood accumulating in her right lung. One of her arm veins was cut off.

Tourism sources said Hung mainly receives mainland tour groups and has been a steadfast supporter of the Hong Kong police.

He frequently joined rallies supporting police, including one on June 21 and another on August 12.

He told a friend that he wanted to "beat the rioters" and that he needed a gun on WeChat, the sources said.

"Let's see who is more violent. The one who wins will have the say," he said in a text message to friends.

Chief superintendent John Tse Chun-chung said the Lennon walls, where citizens write their opinions on stick-on papers, have been hot spots for criminal cases.

Since June, police have conducted criminal investigations into 57 incidents at Lennon walls and arrested 47 people on allegations of fighting, common assault, criminal damage, possession of offensive weapons or other criminal offenses, Tse said.

Meanwhile, police also gave more information about their right to assess security footage in MTR stations.

Its Railway District can monitor real-time situation at MTR stations, but it cannot retain the videos as evidence, Kong said.

MTR Corp will also deliver real-time footage to the police headquarters upon request of officers of the Railway District, which is common practice when the force needs to launch crowd-management controls on festive events, he said.

The force has to obtain court warrants before requesting the MTRC to hand over videos.

Kong also said foot patrols have been suspended in several communities due to the special deployment of its manpower in the past two months, but officers will continue to patrol streets in police vehicles.

This arrangement ensures the force will still have sufficient manpower to handle urgent cases on time, including those affecting lives and properties, he said.

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