Councillor who kissed married woman on impulse during dispute could lose his seat

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 December, 2013, 4:30am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 December, 2013, 2:11pm

A district councillor from the Democratic Party planted three kisses "on impulse" on the lips of a married woman seeking help over a property dispute in March - and for that he may lose his seat in Kowloon City.

Pun Chi-man, 55, was convicted of one count of indecent assault in Kowloon City Court yesterday after he had earlier pleaded not guilty.

Deputy Magistrate Kelly Shui said any "right-minded person" would think it was indecent that Pun kissed the woman three times, with his tongue entering her mouth twice, without her consent. Shui described the act as "invasive".

The court heard that after the kisses, he told the victim: "I'm sorry. You are very pure. I could not control myself."

Pun is an elected councillor of the To Kwa Wan South constituency. The District Councils Ordinance says an elected member is disqualified from holding office if convicted of an offence for which they are sentenced to imprisonment, whether suspended or not, for more than three months.

The incident happened in a Ma Tau Wai Road building on March 6, as the woman, who was not Pun's constituent, sought help over a rental row with her landlord, the court heard.

"[The victim] said she was so afraid that she could not scream at the time [or] close her lips," Shui said. "She lacked the ability to stop the defendant."

Prosecutor Jonathan Man Tak-ho said that, as a district councillor, Pun had breached the trust of his clients and of society with his act. The public gallery was packed with Pun's supporters, some of whom claimed the case was political persecution.

Shui adjourned the case until tomorrow. The Democratic Party declined to comment, saying Pun might lodge an appeal.