Ruling on Bokhary probation today

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 December, 2010, 12:00am
 

A magistrate is expected to announce today a ruling on allegations that Amina Mariam Bokhary breached conditions of her probation order, imposed in August for slapping a policeman, which could lead her to jail.

Over the past two days, Acting Principal Magistrate Amanda Woodcock has heard evidence on Bokhary's progress report behind closed doors in Eastern Court. The 34-year-old niece of Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary, who was convicted a third time of assaulting a police officer, denied the alleged breach. The probation officer who wrote the report was called to give evidence.

When Bokhary was sentenced in August, Magistrate Anthony Yuen Wai-ming warned that if she was found to have breached conditions of the probation order, the court might jail her for the breach, discharge the order and resentence her for the original offence.

Rules governing probation provide that the content of a probation officer's report should not be revealed in open court or published.

Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos SC told an earlier hearing the allegations were serious, while defence lawyer Peter Duncan SC said they were the result of misunderstandings.

Police, anticipating a heavy media presence, set up barricades and a press zone in front of the court.

Yuen put Bokhary on probation for a year after she admitted slapping police constable Tang Man-wai in January. He set out seven conditions. including one for a progress report to be submitted in four months.

Bokhary, who has bipolar disorder and a drinking problem, was to spend three months at the Betty Ford Centre in the United States for alcohol rehabilitation. On her return home, she was to attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and receive psychiatric treatment.

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