Blue Ribbon Fanatic grabbed a reporter’s phone, assaulted a citizen in front of police officers, who turned a blind eye and escorted her away
A woman with a Putonghua accent suddenly walked into the crowd and scolded those present, calling our reporter a “dead yellow corpse”. A reporter then went up to take a picture. The woman went up and grabbed the reporter’s phone, sweeping away the reporter’s camera with her hand in an attempt to stop the reporter from filming. When the woman called the police, she repeatedly asked the reporter at the scene, “which newspaper are you?” “Have you filmed enough?” During the conflict, the woman attacked a person on the scene in the face and knocked off his glasses. A PPRB (Police Public Relations Branch) officer immediately mediated. Several officers escorted the woman from front to back and from left to right, entering the paid area of Shatin MTR Station and left.
Laws of Hong Kong Cap. 212 Offences against the Person Ordinance Section 40:
Any person who is convicted of a common assault shall be guilty of an offence triable either summarily or upon indictment, and shall be liable to imprisonment for 1 year.
In the case of Sin Kam Wah v HKSAR (2005) 8 HKCFAR 192, the Court of Final Appeal established five elements of the offence of misconduct in public office, including:
1) a public office;
2) in the course of or in relation to his public office;
3) willfully misconducts himself, by act or omission, for example, by willfully neglecting or failing to perform his duty;
4) without reasonable excuse or justification; and
5) where such misconduct was serious, not trivial, having regard to the responsibilities of the office and the office-holder, the importance of the public objects which they serve and the nature and extent of the departure from those responsibilities.
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