Jail cards for Octopus machine smash pair

Local | Mandy Zheng 3 Jul 2020

Two men were yesterday imprisoned for four weeks for vandalizing an Octopus machine at the Ching Chung light rail stop in Tuen Mun.

Tuen Mun magistrate Kelly Shui said construction worker Ng Siu-hin, 22, and unemployed 24-year-old Fok Kai-fung would likely have smashed everything at the stop if MTR staffers had not approached them with a warning.

And Ng could not answer when asked by a probation officer "what exactly did the MTR Corporation do wrong?"

Ng, Fok and one other man were caught on CCTV smashing the Octopus machine late on September 8, and then they changed clothes on nearby grassland.

Police later searched the area and arrested Ng and Fok at Yat Sang House. They were in possession of iron rods and a hammer.

Also yesterday, a 22-year-old university dropout who appeared at Eastern magistrates' courts was said to have pepper-sprayed a policeman in Wan Chai on November 11.

Chiu Chun-yin is charged with assaulting a police officer and possessing apparatus for radio-communications without a license and two counts of having offensive items.

The prosecution alleges Chiu sprayed pepper in an officer's face. He was later found to be carrying an extendable baton, a walkie-talkie and an object containing fireworks.

Chiu denied the accusations, saying items were planted on him by police. He had been on his way to work when he saw officers beating protesters already subdued. He tried to intervene, Chiu said, but an officer hit him on the head from behind and beat him.

The case continues.

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