Canto-pop singer Shirley Kwan fined HK$2,000 for assault at Hong Kong hotel

Judge hopes she can ‘move forward’ after admitting responsibility in altercation with employee

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 July, 2017, 5:33pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 July, 2017, 1:48am

Canto-pop singer Shirley Kwan Suk-yee was told to “move forward” by a Hong Kong court after she was fined HK$2,000 for shoving a hotel employee in the heat of an argument.

Sentencing the celebrity at West Kowloon Court on Monday, chief magistrate Clement Lee Hing-nin told her: “I hope you can move forward and live a happy life.”

The court had heard that Kwan, a long-term resident at the Auberge Discovery Bay, became anxious preceding the argument upon learning about a policy change at the hotel.

On March 16, she approached hotel employee Chan Chi-sheung seeking an explanation, only to be surprised by his attitude, the court heard. Kwan then pushed Chan in the chest.

The singer admitted on Monday to one count of common assault involving Chan. Prosecutors withdrew another charge of criminal intimidation based on the singer’s guilty plea to the assault charge.

By entering a plea of guilty, you have accepted responsibility
Clement Lee Hing-nin, judge

“As an artist, you are a public figure,” the judge said. “By entering a plea of guilty, you have accepted responsibility.”

The court heard that, on the day in question, Kwan was seen in the heat of an argument with Chan over rental and room service issues. She and her son have been residing at the hotel since 2015.

After Kwan pushed Chan in the chest once, the employee, who said he had felt pain, called police.

In mitigation, Kwan’s counsel, James Sherry, told the court his client had paid about HK$1.7 million to the hotel since 2015.

Days before the assault, the hotel informed Kwan of a policy change, Sherry said. He noted the singer had not made prior plans to move out and was therefore anxious.

The singer was told certain amenities provided to her earlier would no longer be available, and it was for this reason Kwan approached Chan on March 16, the lawyer explained.

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

“She was most surprised by his attitude,” he added.

Sherry urged the court to consider Kwan’s successful career as a singer, describing her achievements as “a great deal for the development of the entertainment industry in Hong Kong”. He also mentioned that Kwan was a single mother.

The magistrate accepted Kwan’s “genuine remorse” and referred to her clean criminal record, stating he believed she had only committed the offence “in the spur of the moment”.