Hong Kong woman given community service over assaults on bus passenger and driver
Magistrate says young woman should be given second chance after she pleads guilty and agrees to compensate victims
A young clerk who kicked a bus driver after nudging a 64-year-old woman out of her seat and onto the floor to get off a bus was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.
The incident was widely circulated online with a video showing Chan Oi-ting, 28, scolding the old woman for not giving way when she needed to get off the bus.
But magistrate Debbie Ng Chung-yee on Friday urged the public not to judge a young person who had since learned from her mistakes and was willing to make amends.
Chan earlier pleaded guilty to charges of common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. She offered to pay her victims HK$5,000 each.
Her mitigation revealed that she had volunteered to live with her grandfather so she could care for him. He fell critically ill at the time of her offence and she was anxious to see him in hospital.
The court heard the grandfather died two days later.
The magistrate accepted that Chan was a person of good character, who committed the offence due to her family troubles, and that warranted a second chance.
Kwun Tong Court was previously told that Kwok Siu-fong, 64, boarded a bus in Lam Tin on May 7 and sat on an aisle seat next to Chan, whom she did not know.
The pair immediately quarrelled, with the old woman complaining that half her seat was occupied by the young woman’s bag.
Chan later asked Kwok to give way so she could leave the bus. But as Kwok responded slowly, Chan nudged her on the shoulder, which caused the old woman to fall out of her seat and onto the floor.
The young clerk then got off the bus, prompting bus driver Ng Siu-lin, 59, to chase after her.
The court heard Chan kicked the driver and thrust her hands forcefully in front of Ng before she was arrested by police.
Subsequent medical reports found Kwok suffered from tenderness on both her hands and face and swelling on her scalp, while Ng suffered bruising on his arms and chest and swelling on his left ankle.
Chan later told police: “Perhaps my bag hit the old woman, but I did not assault her.”