A woman who was convicted of assaulting a police officer with her breasts was sentenced to three months and 15 days’ imprisonment on Thursday morning.
Thirty-year-old Ng Lai-ying was found guilty of assaulting Chief Inspector Chan Ka-po by Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Court earlier this month. She returned to court on Thursday with three of her co-accused who were also sentenced.
Twenty-year-old Kwong Chung-hung was handed five months and one week in a rehabilitation centre, 22-year-old Poon Tsz-hang was sentenced to five months and three weeks in prison, and a 14-year-old defendant will also be sent to a rehabilitation centre for an indeterminate period of time.
All four defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Lawyers representing the four told the court they would appeal the sentences and the defendants were granted bail.
The magistrate overseeing the case, Michael Chan Pik-kiu, set bail conditions to HK$5,000 each and said that all four defendants must not leave Hong Kong.
The group were arrested after taking part in an anti-parallel trading protest in Yuen Long at the beginning of March.
Ng was found guilty of thrusting her breast into Chief Inspector Chan’s arm as he was attempting to control the increasingly rowdy protest. The court said she had used her chest to bump against his arm, and ‘used her female identity to trump up the allegation that the officer had molested’ her.
Ng told the court that she shouted “indecent assault” after Chan reached out for the strap of her bag, leading his hand to touch the upper part of her left breast. The magistrate did not believe her. He said she had caused great deal of harm to the officer’s reputation.
The ruling made international headlines and also saw 200 people assemble outside the High Court on Sunday, July 26 to protest against the convictions.