Driver held after hammer attack on cops

Top News | Erin Chan 14 Apr 2021

A 45-year-old man allegedly attacked two officers with a hammer at Kwun Tong police station yesterday.

Officers held him off at gunpoint before subduing him with pepper spray.

The delivery van driver, surnamed Chung, who is believed to have some mental health issues, was arrested on suspicion of wounding and possession of an offensive weapon. He was being detained at the station last night.

A sergeant suffered injuries to his hands and a constable had a fractured finger. The two were taken to United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong.

The man took a taxi from Tuen Mun to Kwun Tong police station after midnight, during which, according to reports, he was uttering nonsense.

CCTV footage showed the man, dressed in white and with a satchel and wielding a hammer in his right hand, walk past the station along Tseung Kwan O Road in Kwun Tong.

He returned, climbing over a barrier at the entrance to the parking lot. But the footage failed to capture the alleged attack.

The man stopped by the ground-floor office, during which he attacked a sergeant with the hammer, police said.

The sergeant called for reinforcements, with fellow officers issuing verbal warnings but to no avail.

Soon after, one of the officers pointed his revolver at the man and another officer tried to hold him at bay with a baton, before the man was pepper sprayed and tackled.

The case is being investigated by the Kwun Tong district crime unit.

Sources said the man, who lives at Lei Yue Mun estate in Yau Tong, required regular consultations at a public hospital for an unspecified mental illness.

The man is alleged to be a habitual user of the crystal meth "ice," and has acted violently at home.

Separately, a 63-year-old man was sentenced to 42 months in jail and fined HK$5,000 for hurling three petrol bombs into a police married quarters last year.

Wong Kam-chuen had pleaded guilty to three charges, including arson with intent, possession of corrosive substance and possession of an instrument fit for unlawful purpose.

He appeared before judge Clement Lee Hing-nin in District Court yesterday.

The court heard that on March 23 last year, Wong showed up outside the Sheung Shui Police Married Quarters and tied its south gate up with wire.

He then threw three petrol bombs into the premises, which landed on a car belonging to a senior officer, setting the vehicle on fire. Later, Wong was tackled by officers on patrol and found to be in possession of a bottle of drain cleaner and a hoe.

Lee said a heavier penalty was needed as his case involved arson, a severe offense that could possibly lead to casualties and property damage.

"The risk that the car might explode after catching fire cannot be overlooked, and a car was affected by the incident in fact," he said.

Lee said residents were mostly asleep at the time of the incident and his action could create panic and psychological pressure on the police families.

He deemed Wong's acts a direct blow to the rule of law.

Lee advised Wong not to seek retribution against police and their families, regardless of his discontent with the police force.

erin.chan@singtaonewscorp.com



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