Police watchdog to probe beating claim

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 August, 2009, 12:00am

The police watchdog will investigate a claim that more than 10 narcotics officers beat two Yuen Long brothers suspected of having drugs in their house.

The Independent Police Complaints Council yesterday expressed concern, saying the case would be followed up by its serious complaints committee.

Wong Tsz-him, 24, and Wong Tsz-pang, 18, filed a complaint after accusing the officers of breaking down their front door at 11pm on Wednesday and then beating them in a case of mistaken identity.

Wong Tsz-him said yesterday that he hoped the complaints council could help them find out the truth, as he was not confident the police could fairly investigate themselves. He suffered a ruptured right eardrum after being beaten by police and fears he may have a partial loss of hearing.

'I feel dizzy after damaging my eardrum and could not sleep last night,' he said. 'The frightening experience of suddenly being beaten by police in your own home makes you feel nervous.'

The two brothers live in a village house in Ma Tin Tsuen, Yuen Long.

They said the officers failed to show a search warrant or identification when they broke in.

'The officers only showed their warrant after an hour searching my house,' Wong Tsz-him said, adding that at least two officers beat him.

'I was subdued by the officers when they broke in and pushed me on the sofa, but an officer smacked the left side of my face after I was handcuffed.'