'Head kick' boy let off

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 April, 2012, 12:00am


Police will not prosecute a 10-year-old boy who was arrested after kicking a 12-year-old in the head during a football match last month.

The incident was filmed by a spectator and uploaded to YouTube.

The boy's parents have been informed of police's decision. The family of the victim will meet Justice Department representatives to discuss the case.

'After seeking legal advice, the arrested person has been unconditionally released,' a police spokesman said.

The boy was arrested and released on bail last month. He was asked to report back to police on Monday.

The injured boy plays for a Kitchee Escola team. He was kicked in the head during an under-12s Hong Kong Development League match against the English Schools Foundation Lions at King George V School in Ho Man Tin.

Philip Poon Hung-wai, the injured boy's father, said the outcome was not a surprise.

'I feel a little bit disappointed, though I had never wanted police to prosecute the boy. There must be a reason why the police released the boy unconditionally,' he said.

Poon fears the incident will send a message to children that violence will be tolerated.

But, as his son has fully recovered, he does not want to pursue the case further on his own.