Two police officers allegedly asked Occupy activist Ken Tsang to unlock phone over photos of his injuries, court told

Court heard Tsang was then allegedly slapped by one of them to get him to accede to their request

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 October, 2016, 4:17pm
UPDATED : Monday, 24 October, 2016, 9:56pm

Two police officers had asked that Occupy activist Ken Tsang Kin-chiu hand over his mobile phone to them unlocked, after they found out that he used it to take pictures of his injuries, Tsang alleged in a trial on Monday.

Tsang claimed that the request was made in an interview room at the Central Police Station, where the activist was taken after he was allegedly assaulted by seven police officers at a substation in Admiralty on October 15, 2014, the District Court heard.

In June, Tsang took the stand to assist the court on whether certain video footage and photographs should be admitted as court evidence.

The trial, which resumed last week, heard that constable Chan Siu-tan allegedly slapped Tsang twice after he refused to unlock his phone.

Led by prosecutor Daniel Marash SC on Monday, Tsang returned as a prosecution witness to provide more details on the alleged incident concerning Chan and another officer, Kwan Ka-ho, at the police station. Tsang said that he took out his phone to take pictures of himself when the two left the room.

But as he was putting the device away, he said, “they [likely] found out” what he had done.

“So they requested me to give them the phone and to unlock the phone. I refused,” he testified on Monday.

Tsang recalled that the two then discussed forcing him to place his finger on the phone to unlock it with his fingerprint.

“Don’t be so stupid,” Tsang allegedly told them, saying that a password was needed after the phone had been switched off.

“Then, one of the police officers slapped my face with the back of his right hand twice, to force me to unlock the phone again,” he said, adding that they were “forceful” slaps.

The activist said he was then transferred to the Police Training School in Wong Chuk Hang, where he and his former lawyer Tanya Chan had a dispute with another police officer who was recording his injuries.

He accused the police officer of taking notes of only the slight injuries, and ignoring others.

Tsang was allegedly kicked, punched and hit with blunt objects at the substation in Lung Wui Road on October 15, 2014.

Chief inspector Wong Cho-shing, 48; senior inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai, 29; detective sergeant Pak Wing-bun, 42; constables Lau Hing-pui, 38; Wong Wai-ho, 36; Chan, 31, and Kwan, 32, all deny one joint count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Tsang. Chan denies one extra count of common assault.