A woman charged with assault ended up in hospital with hypertension yesterday after losing her cool while waiting to appear in Eastern Court. Ma Kwai-chun, 57, whose occupation was listed as merchant, was due to appear over an alleged assault on Ip Tsui-yuk outside the High Court in Admiralty on December 17 last year. At 10am, Ma, who was sitting in the public area, went up to a court officer and started complaining loudly about what she said was a late start. 'I have been waiting for an hour. The court should start at 9.30am. Why is it that we ordinary citizens have to be kept waiting? The government is very bureaucratic. The officials are bureaucratic,' she said in Putonghua. Despite a police officer's attempt to calm her down, Ma got angrier, flailing her arms around. She was still agitated when the court opened at 10.07am. Ma was the first to be called in front of Acting Principal Magistrate David Thomas. But before the court staff had a chance to read the charge to her, Ma started yelling: 'I plead not guilty. I plead not guilty.' She continued: 'I am not the defendant today. The Hong Kong government is the defendant.' Ma was dragged away screaming and weeping by police and taken to hospital. Mr Thomas was told in the afternoon that Ma had suffered from hypertension and had been admitted to hospital. The case was adjourned until Monday. Mr Thomas ordered she be held in police custody after being discharged from hospital.