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PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 December, 2013, 4:04am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 December, 2013, 4:04am

Shame on police and prosecutors for not pressing charges over attack

My Post photography colleague May Tse must be one of those unfortunate souls who like to physically hurt themselves. How else do you explain the swelling on the back of her head, and terribly bruised arm and knee after a court assignment? She must have inflicted them on herself.

Police and prosecutors with the Department of Justice concluded, seemingly beyond reason, that there was not enough evidence to go after Chioo Wing-ming with any "reasonable prospect of conviction".

This was after Chioo was photographed and filmed allegedly - yes, I have to write allegedly - pushing Tse over and kicking her while she lay on the ground outside Kowloon City Court on October 24.

Chioo, you may remember, was that moron who knelt before his dominatrix girlfriend Cheng Yan-na while she slapped him repeatedly outside an MTR station in Sheung Shui. The YouTube clip went viral and Cheng was charged. She was ordered to be put on a good-behaviour bond by the court.

It seems Chioo must have a lot of suppressed and misplaced anger, letting Cheng beat him publicly but going after photographers who were just trying to take a picture.

So get this. The police and the justice department's lawyers were willing to charge Cheng after watching that YouTube clip. But Tse had the physical evidence of her injuries and a number of eyewitnesses to prove she was assaulted, not to mention the alleged assault was also filmed and photographed by Tse's professional peers. But still they concluded there wasn't enough evidence! Is this a bad joke?

Hey Chioo, I have a piece of advice for you. Get your girl to beat you in your own home so we don't have to deal with your pathetic passive-aggressive issues. As for the police and prosecutors, these are the people who would arrest and rearrest protesters for taking part in rallies two years before or for throwing fluffy toys that hit no-one. It appears if the alleged victims were top officials like the chief executive, they would be more than eager to teach the alleged assailants a lesson, arresting and charging them many months or even years after the incident.

But if it's just us hacks, hell, it's open season!

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Camel
Well, I must say, I don't have much sympathy with the poor poor May Tse as "she was just only taking pictures".
How reporters in HK are taking pictures, hassle and harass people is known too well. They learned a lot from the worsest in the world. The English Yellow Press.
Kubrick
The press created a scene by crowding in on an individual, they shoved cameras in his face and effectively prevented him moving. He reacted by seeking to run and people got knocked over. I'm sorry Alex, your friends created this situation. If the press behaved in a civilized manner such incidents would not happen.
caractacus
It only proves further what a nasty grovelling little coward Chioo is.
mh0908
"At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst."
Aristotle
MingBaakMei
This was the result of a 'melee', some might even say rugby scrum, CREATED by the media. So during the course of the fracas some people were pushed over and some were bruised. You reap what you sow and perhaps a little more honesty in the presentation of the facts would do Alex Lo no harm!
rpasea
Isn't it up to the court to decide if the evidence warrants a conviction?
Kubrick
You clearly don't understand legal procedures and the law. All cases are screened for the likelihood of a successful prosecution, otherwise the courts would be full of cases going no-where.
pslhk
DoJ: “insufficient Evidence for any reasonable prospect of Conviction”
Lai See: "US District Judge J Rakoff reflects gloomily
that criminal provisions are such that
the likelihood of anyone being prosecuted is remote”
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We witness the rule of law abused
it has become
the over-rule of law
or
the rule of over law
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Without a robust contingent of lay magistrates
what we have is an uncommon law system
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Even in Japan’s hybrid Sino-Civil-American legal system
they’re expanding lay participation in the administration of “justice”
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In the Tai chi symbol of harmony
there is a black dot in the white comasphere
and white in black
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Over-rule of over-law will bring intellectual and social chaos
johnyuan
More need to be covered to understand why police and prosecutor dismiss the case. At the mean time, is SCMP taking any other legal action to protect its employees who are doing their job? In fact, SCMP once reporting / commenting to the public must take legal action to follow. A truncated justice it will be otherwise. Hong Kong’s rule of law is further on display of its inadequacy.
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Can't help myself to find the classical sneakers and the posture of the main character all resemble a movie scene from West Side Story. One is reality and the other is a movie. One is violence, and the other is just a posturing. But they all originated from an objection of a boy and girl relationship or the news coverage of it.
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Awaiting SCMP to reply.
Dao-Phooy
I agree with the observations - the police and DOJ's decision inexplicable when they have prosecuted on less evidence - especially people who are trying to exercise their constitutional rights.

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