Champion jockey Matthew Chadwick fined HK$3,000 for damaging bus

But Matthew Chadwick is cleared of assault over incident that took place after party

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 April, 2014, 5:45am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 April, 2014, 5:45am

Leading jockey Matthew Chadwick was yesterday fined HK$3,000 for criminal damage but acquitted of common assault in regards to an incident on a coach after a party last year.

His 21-year-old wife, Wai Man-kuen, was placed on a good behaviour bond for a year by Magistrate Cheang Kei-hong for obstructing a police officer.

Sha Tin Court heard that, in June last year, Chadwick and Wai left a party in Sai Kung and took a coach with more than 20 Jockey Club staff and friends heading to a Jockey Club venue in Sha Tin.

Chadwick, now 23, asked the driver to stop at the Wu Kai Sha MTR station, but the driver forgot. As the coach travelled along Sai Sha Road, the driver felt someone hit him.

Shortly after, the driver pulled over in Ma On Shan and dropped off Chadwick and Wai.

As he was pulling away, the driver saw Chadwick running behind the coach. The driver heard a loud bang and pulled over again to find that the glass of the emergency door had been broken.

The police arrived and Wai tried to stop an officer from arresting Chadwick; both were eventually taken into custody.

Chadwick's lawyer said the young jockey had a clear record, and that Chadwick and Wai were expecting their first child in July.

Amy Chan, manager of the Jockey Club's racing development board, wrote in a character reference that Chadwick was dedicated and trustworthy.

Chadwick admitted the criminal damage charge.

Chadwick was the champion apprentice in 2008-09 and ranked fourth in the jockeys' premiership in 2009-10.

Asked if it would take disciplinary action against Chadwick, the Jockey Club said it would consider the magistrate's comments before deciding the "appropriate course of action".