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Hong Kong police officer gets community service for taking upskirt videos, photos of 14 women

Probation officer who recommended sentence found Or Wing-fat determined to change

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 April, 2017, 1:26pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 April, 2017, 1:47pm

A Hong Kong police officer who took upskirt videos and photos of 14 women in a single day was slapped with 200 hours of community service on Tuesday.

Principal magistrate Ernest Lin Kam-hung adopted the sentencing recommendation by a probation officer who found that Or Wing-fat, 34, was determined to mend his ways.

The married police officer, who said he took the videos and photos to alleviate stress after a meeting with senior management, a murder investigation and overtime duty during the 2014 Occupy protests, earlier pleaded guilty to 14 counts of committing an act which outraged public decency. The offence is punishable by seven years’ imprisonment.

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The Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court previously heard he made 26 videos and took 40 photos of 14 women at the MTR stations of Sham Shui Po, Mei Foo and Admiralty on May 12 last year.

Defence counsel Amanda Li Wing-man said in mitigation that her client felt remorseful and committed the offence out of stress and an adjustment disorder – diagnosed by multiple psychologists.

She also noted Or had a low chance of reoffending as his condition was gradually improving and he no longer required medication.

Or was also highly regarded by his senior colleagues in his eight years of service, during which he received 14 commendations, Li told the magistrate.

“He was suspended from duty immediately following his arrest and his pay was further suspended after he pleaded guilty,” Li said. “He also faces disciplinary action, which I believe would be his greatest punishment.”