Hong Kong singer in court charged with assaulting hotel worker

Shirley Kwan ordered to steer clear of the Auberge Discovery Bay as she is released on bail

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 May, 2017, 6:56pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 May, 2017, 12:21am

Canto-pop singer Shirley Kwan Suk-yee was barred on Friday from entering a Discovery Bay hotel where she allegedly assaulted a worker in March.

As part of bail conditions imposed when she appeared in West Kowloon Court, the performer was also prohibited from interfering with prosecution witnesses, who include the alleged victim, Chan Sheung-chi.

Security was visibly heightened in anticipation of her hearing, with staff making arrangements for rows of reporters and members of the public, but only about a dozen people showed up in the public gallery.

Canto-pop veteran Shirley Kwan rescued in waters off Discovery Bay

Kwan, 50, faces one count of criminal intimidation and one of common assault. Prosecutors claim she assaulted Chan in the Auberge Discovery Bay hotel on Lantau Island on March 16 and also threatened him.

“I understand,” Kwan told acting principal magistrate So Wai-tak in a soft voice when the charges were read out to her.

Dressed in a sleek black pantsuit, the Discovery Bay resident had arrived 50 minutes ahead of the brief hearing.

Senior court prosecutor Esther Mak Wai-ling said they were ready to take a plea, but defence counsel Olivia Tsang indicated they needed more time to collect and study all prosecution documents.

The case was adjourned to July 10 and Kwan was released on HK$500 bail.

Known for her cutting-edge image, the singer held a concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum in April and performed at the Venetian Macao in July last year.

In October, she was hospitalised after being rescued from waters near the same Discovery Bay hotel.

Police said Kwan was uninjured and conscious when taken to North Lantau Hospital, where she was found to be in stable condition.

A police source said the friend told officers that Kwan was unhappy because of work and had walked down to the sea for a swim.