A property agent has admitted slashing a reporter and a passer-by with a paring knife after shouting support for Hong Kong police during an anti-government protest in June.
Kwong Sing-yu, 27, a former community worker for the pro-establishment Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, on Thursday pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and wounding over the knife attack in Kwun Tong on June 12.
He also admitted being in possession of a Part I poison for Viagra tablets that were later found among his belongings.
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Kwun Tong Court heard that about 100 protesters had gathered in the district’s temporary public light bus terminus, chanting slogans by a street booth, on the first anniversary of an extradition bill protest outside the Legislative Council on June 12, 2019.
Prosecutors said the dispute broke out at about 9.10pm over a difference in political views, during which Kwong shouted: “Support the police.”
The court heard Kwong suddenly charged towards the group and attempted to punch a member but missed.
An unknown man then intervened but that led to a struggle, with Kwong being pressed on the ground.
The incident was witnessed by an Epoch Times reporter and a young cook on his way to take a minibus, who broke the pair apart.
But Kwong then took out a paring knife with a 9cm blade, pointing it at the reporter before charging towards him in an attempt to grab his camera, which was being used to film the incident.
The reporter’s right index finger was cut during the scuffle.
Kwong also wounded the cook, who sustained multiple cuts to his left hand when he intervened a second time.
An eyewitness reported the incident to police.
Officers subdued Kwong, who remained silent under caution.
Investigators later found the defendant had 2½ tablets of sildenafil, a listed Part I poison sold under the brand name Viagra, in his rucksack.
Prosecutors said the reporter refused medical treatment, while the cook was in hospital for three days.
Kwong faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
In mitigation, defence lawyers said Kwong felt remorseful and very apologetic towards his victims, and promised to turn over a new leaf, away from politics, after the “unfortunate” incident. He had previously planned to run for a district council seat.
The lawyer also said there had been no premeditation before the crime and pleaded for leniency.
But Principal Magistrate Ivy Chui Yee-mei said a prison term was inevitable as the case was serious.
She will sentence him on October 23, pending a background report. He was remanded in jail custody.
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