Cameraman's attacker faces lawsuit
A telecommunications engineer who attacked a news cameraman with a 5kg oxygen cylinder has been ordered to serve 200 hours of community service and faces possible civil action from the victim.
The Hong Kong Broadband Network cameraman, Tiger Chow Kwong-yu, 39, collapsed from a blow to his head while he was filming a brawl outside a nightclub in Tsim Sha Tsui on December 6 and later received four stitches to an eyebrow.
Kowloon City Court heard yesterday that the victim was planning to make a personal-injury claim against the defendant, David Cheung Kin-kee, 35, who earlier expressed remorse after pleading guilty to a wounding charge.
In passing sentence, Principal Magistrate Ernest Lin Kam-hung remanded the defendant in jail for three weeks and ordered him to pay HK$5,000 in costs.
Cheung admitted to the court that he had swung a first-aid bag containing the cylinder.
He said he had taken the bag from an ambulanceman who was called to the scene near the Hilton Towers in Granville Road to attend to those injured in the brawl, including some of Cheung's friends.
The court was told the cameraman had been waiting outside the nightclub with reporters when the attack happened.
Cheung became emotional as he left the club with his friends, pushing away the cameras around him and shouting at them, court heard.
The case was reported to police by a Cable News reporter who captured the attack on tape. The defendant told officers he did not mean to hurt Chow, who was admitted to hospital overnight after being knocked out in the attack.