Girl in weapons case says cop talked of raping her

Top News | Cindy Wan 15 Nov 2019

A 19-year-old female student who was allegedly found to have a hammer, a folding knife and inflammable fluid in her backpack was yesterday refused bail after appearing at West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts.

Hong Tak-fong complained she was slapped by a policeman after her arrest on Tuesday and was threatened with rape.

Hong, a student at Hong Kong College of Technology, was charged with one count of possession of offensive weapons in a public place - Fuk Wing Street in Cheung Sha Wan.

The hammer was 30 centimeters long and the knife had a 10cm blade.

No plea was taken and she was remanded in jail custody until January 6 by principal magistrate Peter Law Tak-cheun so police could have more time to investigate and for prosecutors to prepare.

The prosecution said Hong was setting up a roadblock with about 10 other people near the MTR Cheung Sha Wan station and she attempted to flee as officers moved in.

But she was found hiding under a truck by police. And besides the hammer, knife and fluid her backpack was also alleged to have contained newspaper, plastic wrap, a lighter, spanner and a gas mask.

Hong's lawyer complained that his client was mistreated after she was taken to a police vehicle, where she had been "suddenly and unreasonably" slapped by a masked officer.

Then another masked officer swore at her and made sexual threats, saying: "Do you believe I will rape you here?"

The lawyer also said Hong worked for a company that provides training for hikers, so it was not unreasonable for her to be in possession of items such as the hammer and folding knife as they are commonly used in hiking and camping activities.

Hong was also involved in a nursing degree course, the lawyer added, and the inflammable liquid was in fact a bottle of alcohol for medical use. Hong planned to use the alcohol in providing first-aid treatment - as she did with 60 vials of saline solution she was carrying.

And the newspaper, the court heard, was simply for sitting on.


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