18-year-old charged with wounding police officer with sharp object

The moment someone uses ‘a sharp object’ to cut the neck of a police officer outside Kwun Tong MTR station. Screengrab via Facebook video/Ming Pao and YouTube.
The moment someone uses ‘a sharp object’ to cut the neck of a police officer outside Kwun Tong MTR station. Screengrab via Facebook video/Ming Pao and YouTube.

An 18-year-old has been formally charged for allegedly using a sharp object cut the neck of a police officer during a protest on Sunday.

According to Headline Daily, suspect Hui Tim-lik has been formally charged with one count of wounding with intent. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life behind bars.

The case was opened at Eastern Magistrates’ Court this afternoon, but the magistrate decided to adjourn it until Oct. 18, as the defendant is still receiving treatment for unspecified injuries at Tseung Kwan O Hospital.

The officer in question was sent to United Christian Hospital for treatment following the incident.

According to on.cc, the prosecution will apply for the court to forbid reporting of the name of the officer who was attacked to ensure his safety and that of related parties.

The case concerns an incident on Sunday afternoon in which police were sent to investigate a suspected case of criminal damage at Kwun Tong MTR station that day.

Videos circulating online shows officers amid a crowd of people when the arm of a nearby man reaches into the frame and jabs what appears to be a box cutter into the neck of one of the officers.

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