Written by: Lin Leer
2020-08-05 12:41Last update date: 2020-08-05 12:41
The mildly mentally handicapped construction worker was involved in dumping petrol bombs at police cars in Mong Kok on July 1 this year. After being arrested, another suspected petrol bomb was found. He was charged with two counts of arson and possessing tools suitable for illegal purposes. The case was brought before the West Kowloon Magistracy today (5th). The defense revealed that the defendant was beaten by several detainees during his return and his head was swollen; the incident has been reported and the defendant was sent to hospital. Chief Magistrate Rod Quan adjourned the case to be heard again on the 1st of next month, pending further investigation and legal advice from the prosecution. The defendant's application for bail was rejected and he is still waiting for hearing.
The defendant Li Peihao (24 years old) was charged with damaging a police car with a fire outside the Central Plaza of Mong Kok Bank on July 1 this year; and possessing a suspected petrol bomb outside the Laofengxiang Yinlou shop on Argyle Street. The defendant was admitted to the hospital due to injuries. After a week in the hospital, he appeared in court for the first time on the 8th of last month and was refused bail.
Once complained about being beaten by police after being arrested
The defense now alleges that the defendant was beaten by several detainees and his head swelled during his return. When the case was first brought to court, the defense complained that he hit a brick on his head when he was arrested, bleeding from his left forehead, and was grabbed by the police. When the police took him into the police car, they attacked him with batons and fists. The process lasted for half an hour. The defense revealed that the defendant had completed primary and secondary school courses in a special school, and the psychiatrist's report obtained earlier showed that he was mildly mentally retarded and could not explain the charges to him and was not suitable for admission.
The magistrate therefore requested a psychiatric report for the defendant. When the case was heard again on the 21st of last month, the court revealed that the report showed that the defendant was suitable for the defense.
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In addition, 19-year-old student Niu Zhuohui was charged with assaulting a police officer by throwing a water bottle at a plainclothes police officer in Mong Kok on February 29 this year and pointing a bamboo stick at the opponent. When the case was heard again in the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts today, the prosecution revised the content of the charge for assault on the police and added a charge of riot.
Niu’s indictment alleges that his nationality is of Middle Eastern nationality. He is now charged with another person at the junction of Sai Yeung Choi South Street near Soy Street, and Soy Street and Nelson Street near Nathan Road on February 29 this year. Attacked police officer 34731; and participated in the riot. It is reported that the defendant suffers from Astrovirus disease. The case was referred to the District Court for processing at the request of the prosecution, and the case was postponed until the 28th of this month. The defendant did not apply for bail and is still waiting for hearing.
Case No.: WKCC2216, 491/2020
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