Woman fined for throwing bubble tea at police officer during protest

An artist’s rendering of what the incident may well have looked like. Photos via Google Maps/YouTube/Tomas A. Wiik.
An artist’s rendering of what the incident may well have looked like. Photos via Google Maps/YouTube/Tomas A. Wiik.

A 27-year-old woman has been fined HK$3,000 (just under US$400) after admitting to hurling a bubble tea at a police officer during a protest in September.

Wong Lok-man pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting a police officer during an appearance at Eastern Magistrates’ Court yesterday afternoon. According to Ming Pao, Wong was outside the SOGO Mall in Causeway Bay for an “anti-totalitarianism rally” on Sept. 29, ahead of the widespread protests on China National Day on Oct. 1.

There was a heavy police presence in the area at the time, and officers were assigned to patrol the entrance of the mall. Wong was described in court as being noisy and shouting at officers, and as scuffles broke out outside the mall between police and protesters, Wong hurled her cup of bubble tear at Sgt. Cheung Siu-kin.

The newspaper reports that she was arrested and remanded in custody until Oct. 17.

In a mitigating statement to the court, Wong’s lawyer told the court that Wong lost her job as a cleaner shortly after the incident, and that she had written a letter to Cheung’s family saying she was sorry for her behavior.

Wong’s elder sister also wrote a letter describing Wong as a good daughter, adding that Wong often gave most of her salary to her mom and would often take her to the doctor for her regular appointments, HK01 reports.

Acknowledging that Sgt. Cheung didn’t sustain any injuries in the incident — beyond a stained shirt — Magistrate Lam Tsz-kan decided that a HK$3,000 fine was an appropriate sentence.

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