Officer denies trying to evade taxi fare

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 July, 2011, 12:00am


An expatriate officer has denied trying to escape paying a taxi fare of HK$161.50 while drunk outside a police station.

Senior Inspector Andrew Livesey, 47, pleaded not guilty in Kwun Tong Court yesterday to three charges - making off without payment, obstructing a police officer, and being drunk and disorderly - on May 12.

Acting Principal Magistrate Rickie Chan Kam-cheong adjourned a pre-trial review hearing to September 5 after being told that Livesey, who was in court, planned to travel to Britain and would return to Hong Kong at the end of August. He allowed bail.

The charges allege that Livesey refused to pay the taxi fare outside the Sai Kung police station and that he tried to obstruct a senior officer at the junction of Fuk Man Road and Chan Man Street. Prosecutors said there would be 13 witnesses.

Police said Livesey, who has been with the force for 17 years, was suspended after he was charged. He is attached to the traffic branch.