Police officer in race discrimination case was 'aggressive and threatening', court told

Teenager claims his assault complaint was ignored

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 April, 2014, 2:50pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 April, 2014, 4:25am

A policeman accused of racial discrimination allegedly used threats to force a boy of Indian descent to admit assault, the District Court heard yesterday.

Officer Hung Kai-kam arrested 11-year-old Arjun Singh at Wan Chai MTR station on January 6, 2010, after a Chinese woman reported an assault case. The boy also complained to the officer that the woman, a stranger, had assaulted him.

Singh, who was then shorter than the middle-aged woman, Chan Yuet-lai, brushed past her on an escalator, the court heard.

Both called the police after Chan grabbed the boy's arm and would not let him go.

Singh, now 15 and studying physics at King's College London, in Britain, alleged that Hung ignored his complaint.

He is suing the officer and the Hong Kong government for racial discrimination, demanding an apology and seeking damages for unlawful arrest.

Singh had alleged in a written statement that Hung "threatened or induced" him into admitting assault.

"He said he had seen from the closed-circuit television footage that I assaulted Madam Chan," Singh told the court yesterday.

"He said I would be in less trouble if I admitted it."

Defence counsel Stewart Wong Kai-ming SC said Singh's allegation was untrue.

He suggested that the boy did not tell Hung and his colleague that the woman had assaulted him and that he did not ask for an investigation.

Singh disagreed. "I did tell them that she was grabbing me at the top of the escalator … and refusing to let me go," he said.

But he admitted he did not tell the officers he was injured. He was treated at the Ruttonjee Hospital the following day for arm and back pains.

Singh said Hung was "aggressive and threatening" when speaking to him at the MTR station. Wong denied the officer had behaved in such a way.

The hearing continues today.