Mainland Chinese woman charged with assaulting Hong Kong grandmother claims she received death threat
On third day of trial, Huang Yufeng denies causing injuries and alleges daughter of grandmother who fell was responsible for incident
A mainland housewife accused of pushing a local grandmother at Sha Tin MTR station, causing her to hit her head, countered in court on Thursday that the woman’s daughter had threatened to kill her.
Taking the stand at Sha Tin Court for the first time, Huang Yufeng claimed Bryony Lau Kwan-mei rushed over to her and issued a death threat after Lau knocked her own mother down on May 9.
“I’ll beat you to death,” Lau said, according to Huang.
The mainlander admitted she had rushed towards Lau in a bid to snatch her phone outside a Maxim’s Cakes shop at the station because Lau had tried to take pictures of her.
She pushed grandmother Lam Yuet-fan, 55, in the stomach when she got in the way.
But Lau eventually contributed to Lam’s fall when the 28-year-old daughter, next to Lam at the time, swiped her arm backwards, hitting her mother, Huang said.
A scuffle between Lau and Huang ensued as the daughter darted towards Huang following the death threat, and the mainlander claimed she acted in self-defence.
While Lau had testified earlier that the mainlander pulled her hair and hit her with a hard object, Huang claimed on Thursday that she suffered from scratches and bruises on her upper arm and on the back of her hand by Lau.
But Principal Magistrate Andrew Ma Hon-cheung, who was shown closed-circuit television footage, said he failed to observe the series of actions Huang had described.
He said the clip merely showed the defendant rushed towards Lam with both arms stretched out. Lam fell backwards as soon as Huang came into contact with her, he added.
Huang, 27, from Guangdong, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault on Lam and Lau, one for occasioning actual bodily harm and another for inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Lam had earlier testified that Huang’s daughter smacked her grandchild at New Town Plaza, which set off a chain of events that ended in her being taken to hospital for head injuries.
On Thursday, Huang defended her daughter, saying the one year old did not smack the boy.
“I believe she wanted to show her affection so she gave him a pat on his hand,” said Huang, recalling what her daughter had done.
During the encounter, she said Lau kneed her daughter in the chest and said mainlanders were “rubbish”.
“What is so superior about Hongkongers? Hitting toddlers?” Huang said she responded.
Huang said the daughter continued to abuse them, calling them “rubbish” and “locusts” later when they met again as they headed towards Sha Tin MTR station.
Lau took out a phone to take pictures of them and threatened to post it online, she said.
“I was so frightened as soon as I heard it. The internet can do a lot of harm,” Huang said, explaining why she ended up snatching Lau’s phone.
Huang, a manager at an export company before she gave birth to her one-year-old daughter, said she retold her version of events in full to police officers who arrested her, but they only jotted down a few sentences, which suggested she had pushed Lam.
As a result of her fall, Lam temporarily lost her speech and suffered spasms on the left side of her face, the court heard earlier.
Huang, who was heckled by a few protesters when she left court, will face cross-examination by prosecutor Sher Hon-piu on Friday.