Barber ponies up over illegal snipaboard bus

Local | Kay Wong 12 Sep 2019

A barber changed his plea to guilty for cutting the hair of a female passenger seated in front of him on a double-decker bus.

Allen Yu Kam-lun, 65, said he cut the sleeping passenger's hair since it was touching his knee and bothering him.

Yu pleaded guilty in the Eastern Magistrates' Court yesterday to assault occasioning actual bodily harm after entering a not-guilty plea in July.

The incident happened on January 13 aboard the upper deck of a route 107 Citybus double-decker traveling from Kowloon Bay to Aberdeen.

A male passenger saw Yu cut the 25-year-old woman's hair two to three times in five to six seconds.

This left the victim with a shorter ponytail, while the hair that had been cut was scattered on the floor.

Upon being confronted by the male passenger and the victim, Yu said that the hair was bothering him.

He admitted to police his action was wrong.

Yu said he was carrying scissors at the time as he is a barber.

Yu, who was not represented, expressed remorse before magistrate Colin Wong Sze-cheung and said he knew that he had committed a crime.

Yu said the victim's ponytail was "long and messy" at the time and was not properly tied, which resulted in it touching his knee.

He claimed to have alerted the victim but was ignored, and proceeded to cut her hair on an impulse.

In mitigation, Yu explained that he has been a barber for two years and currently earns HK$6,000 a month working three days a week.

He expressed hope for a lenient sentence, saying he is working and vowed not to reoffend.

Wong heard from the prosecution that there are 41 crimes on Yu's criminal record, with some pertaining to violence and dishonesty.

Yu was granted bail and will be sentenced on September 25, pending the submission of a community service order report.

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