Teen gang held over brutal assault

Local | Erin Chan 14 Aug 2020

Eight teenagers have been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 13-year-old boy in late July in Tuen Mun in the wake of video footage showing the boy being beaten - the latest in a series that showed the brutality of youth gangs toward their peers.

The eight suspects, aged between 13 and 15, were arrested for assault occasioning bodily harm and blackmail on July 27 and 28 as well as yesterday in Tuen Mun following investigations by the district's anti-triad squad.

All were released on police bail and will have to report back to the police later this month.

The boy reported the July 27 assault to police, saying he had been attacked at 2.45am near Siu Hong MTR station.

In footage circulating online, at least five male attackers were seen kicking him as he tried to take cover on the ground in a corner near a bench.

Later, the five dragged and kicked him repeatedly, as well as hurling verbal insults.

In another video, an attacker in a dark blue shirt is seen pushing him to the ground.

The footage also shows the rest of the gang sitting in a corner, with two taking out phones to film the attack.

The boy suffered blows to his skull, face, neck, abdomen and limbs, and his lip was bloodied.

Law Tsz-ying, superintendent of Tuen Mun district anti-triad squad, said the assaults took place at two locations.

"The victim walked past Siu Hong Court in Tuen Mun on that day, and had a quarrel with a group of people, who are the eight arrestees," she said.

"The eight then attacked the victim, including kicking and punching him for several minutes, but the victim managed to flee the scene and escaped to a pavilion inside Tsz Tin Estate."

However, she said, the suspects followed him and continued to attack him at the pavilion.

Law said that seven attackers were first arrested on July 27 and 28, before the final attacker was arrested on Wednesday.

"On August 12, two clips capturing the attack were uploaded to the internet. We also received reports from citizens regarding the attack on the same day," she said.

"Based on the intelligence received, we managed to arrest the last attacker."

The superintendent added that the assault was believed to have been triggered by a "money dispute."

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