Arrested man beaten by police for refusing to unlock his cell phone lost 30% of his vision in his left eye
Civic Passion member and Tai Po District Councilor Wong Siu-kin said a man arrested in recent months and still on remand was beaten up by police officers after he refused to unlock his cell phone. As a result, his left eye was injured and he lost 30% of his visual angle. The condition of the man’s left eye has not improved so far.
According to Wong, the person alleged that after being arrested and brought back to the police station, he was then roughly treated by officers. A police officer kicked him in the chest and punched him in the ribs on the left and right sides. The police then asked him to unlock his cell phone, and after refusing, he was beaten by several officers with a black cloth over his head for about five minutes, during which he was repeatedly punched in the head and stepped on his genitals.
Cited by Wong, the person asked for a medical check-up after the beating. The police then tried to persuade him not to have his injuries checked, saying they would treat him more kindly, including providing water. The arrested man insisted on getting a medical examination and eventually had to stay in the hospital for nearly a week. Wong said that after being admitted to the hospital, he was found to have several red, swollen and bruised bruises on his body, and upon examination, he was found to have 30% vision impairment in his left eye.
Wong visited the man again at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre today. Wong said the condition of his left eye has not yet improved and he needs to wear a homemade eye mask in the remand home. The subject’s left eye is still losing 30% of its angle of vision, with photophobia, narrowed visual field and intermittent loss of focus. The doctor made a preliminary diagnosis of ocular nerve trauma, and it is unknown whether it will permanently affect vision.
Wong relayed that the person who is remanded in custody said that he was not feeling too depressed. He was on the street in recent months when he was suddenly arrested by lurking police officers. Wong has not disclosed the charges against the man, who is still being remanded in Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre.
Cap. 427 Crimes (Torture) Ordinance Part I
(1)A public official or person acting in an official capacity, whatever the official’s or the person’s nationality or citizenship, commits the offence of torture if in Hong Kong or elsewhere the official or the person intentionally inflicts severe pain or suffering on another in the performance or purported performance of his or her official duties.