Witness tells of urging police to help fallen student

Local | Erin Chan 24 Nov 2020

Mandy Zheng

A good Samaritan said he rushed to where University of Science and Technology student Chow Tsz-lok fell from a Tseung Kwan O car park when he heard a passer-by shout for help, the Coroner's Court was told.

Mung Wai-kit also recalled urging riot police to give priority to saving Chow's life as he testified before coroner Ko Wai-hung yesterday - the sixth day of the inquest.

Chow, 22, died four days after he fell from the third to the second floor at Sheung Tak Estate car park in the early hours of September 4 last year, while police clashed with anti-government protesters nearby.

Mung said while he was out for a walk, he encountered police firing tear gas near Sheung Tak bus terminus. He and another man went to an overpass linking the car park and Beverly Garden to hide from the conflict.

At about 1am, a young man wearing plain clothes ran past the duo, while shouting: "Call first aid! There's something seriously wrong!"

Mung and his companion headed to the car park, where they saw Chow lying on the second floor. "He was laying face down, with knees slightly bent and hands put near his waist. It's like he wanted to prop himself up," Mung said, imitating the position in court.

He added that he stood six to seven meters away from Chow, while the other man walked closer to check Chow's condition.

One minute later, two to three firemen arrived and Mung helped them to hold a flashlight.

He also took photos and videos during the rescue, as he "wanted to record how Chow looked before his body was flipped over."

About 20 riot police officers approached them at 1.15am, with some asking harshly: "What's going on? What are you doing here?"

"I shouted back: 'Let them rescue people first!'" Mung said, adding that the officers did not have physical contact with anyone at the scene, and ambulancemen showed up with a stretcher.

Speaking to reporters outside the court, Mung said he did several interviews right after the incident, but never talked to the police and did not want to testify in court at first, fearing that it could be risky due to the controversies.

But he changed his mind after knowing his birthday was the same as Chow's, and Chow's father, Chow Tak-ming, eventually convinced him to "help as much as I can."

Both Mung and the father urged more witnesses to speak up. Chow said: "I hope you can summon your courage, and help us find the truth."

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