Man faces prison for attack on cameraman
A telecoms engineer pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of wounding after hitting a news cameraman over the head with a 5kg oxygen cylinder, knocking him out.
Principal Magistrate Ernest Lin Kam-hung told Kowloon City Court the assault outside a Tsim Sha Tsui nightclub in December had been extremely irresponsible and warned the defendant, David Cheung Kin-kee, he would very likely face jail. Cheung, 35, was remanded in custody pending sentence on February 21.
The charge of wounding is punishable by up to three years' imprisonment. The cameraman, Tiger Chow Kwong-yu, was filming a brawl in which friends of Cheung were injured. The court heard that when an ambulance arrived to take the injured to hospital, Cheung became emotional and began shouting at cameramen and photographers and tried to stop them filming.
Cheung admitted he had swung an ambulanceman's first-aid bag, containing the cylinder, at Chow's head. Chow, 39, needed four stitches in an eyebrow.
Mr Lin asked for an update on Chow's condition.