An 18-year-old student accused of jabbing a sharp object into the neck of a police officer during a protest in October has been charged with attempted murder.
Suspect Hui Tim-lik was arrested outside Kwun Tong MTR station in mid-October, and had previously been charged with wounding with intent. Protesters had been gathering in malls across the city that day for impromptu protests that day, and police were called in to investigate a case of suspected criminal damage.
Hui stands accused of jabbing what appeared to be a box-cutter into the officer’s neck as police were walking through a crowd.
HK01 reports that during his appearance at Eastern Court this morning, the prosecution amended the charge against Hui as one count of attempted murder, with an alternative charge of wounding with intent.
His case has been adjourned until March 2, and will be transferred to the High Court.
At the same hearing, Magistrate Ho Chun-yiu rejected the prosecution’s application for an anonymity order for the injured police officer, saying that the officer — named in the report as Leung Siu-cheung — took part in several interviews with media outlets arranged by the Police Public Relations Bureau, and that the application for anonymity was “really contradictory.”
Ho also added that although the High Court had issued an interim injunction prohibiting the public from disclosing any information regarding the officers and their families, the prosecution didn’t produce any evidence to suggest that any doxxing attacks on Leung would get worse if the injunction weren’t granted.