Hong Kong woman alleges mainlander repeatedly hit her with a hard object in MTR attack

Daughter of 55-year-old grandmother who suffered head injuries after the assault, says the defendant pulled hair and beat her

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 August, 2016, 5:22pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 August, 2016, 10:46pm

New details have emerged over a mainlander’s alleged attack on a pair of Hong Kong women in the Sha Tin MTR station earlier this year, which left a 55-year-old in hospital and her daughter bruised and battered.

On day two of the high profile trial, Sha Tin Court heard that after allegedly knocking grandmother Lam Yuet-fan to the ground, mainland woman Huang Yufeng then went on to assault daughter Bryony Lau Kwan-mei outside Maxim’s cake shop on May 9.

Recalling the incident in court on Wednesday, Lau said she was taking photos of Huang and her family as they walked toward the station after they had allegedly bumped her in New Town Plaza.

“At that time, I felt I was threatened,” she said.

According to Lau, Huang then rushed towards her and her mother and pushed them.

“She pushed me and my mother with both her arms stretched out,” Lau said.

She said her mother fell backwards, she heard a loud “bang”, and she was sprawled out on the floor. Lam suffered head injuries, which later resulted in temporary loss of speech and spasms on the left side of her face.

Lau said the defendant pulled her hair, hit her on the head with what seemed to be a hard object and was punched repeatedly as she attempted to prevent Huang from leaving the scene.

Huang, 27, from the mainland, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault on Lam and Lau, one of occasioning actual bodily harm and another of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Huang’s counsel Eugenia Yang contested the claims, suggesting that Lau had been heckling and abusing the mainlander on the walk to the station, calling them “rubbish” and “locusts”.

Yang went on to suggest that Lau’s injuries were sustained during a scuffle in which the 55-year-old was pushed by her own daughter.

Lau then assaulted Huang, prompting the mainland woman to fight back in self-defence, Yang alleged.

Lau denied Yang’s suggestions.

On Tuesday, the court heard the alleged attack arose from a dispute between Lam’s grandson and Huang’s daughter.

Lam testified that Huang’s daughter smacked her grandson, leading both families to go up to the children to intervene.

Lau continues to testify before Principal Magistrate Andrew Ma Hon-Cheung this afternoon.