With the niece of a top judge due to be sentenced on August 2 for assaulting police officers for a third time, a lawyer yesterday cited her case when seeking leniency for his client. Construction worker Chow Ho-yin, 19, injured a police officer and attempted to steal a police revolver while drunk in the early hours of March 6. At Fanling Court, he pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer. The prosecution dropped a charge of attempted theft. The court heard that an intoxicated Chow took two girls to his home at Lok Ma Chau after attending a friend's birthday party at a karaoke bar in Tai Po. His stepmother told him to send the girls home and they got into an argument. Chow became upset and hit himself with a beer bottle. His stepmother then called police. When officers arrived, Chow became more agitated and kicked police officer Lee Yee-wan in the thigh and knee. When another officer put handcuffs on him, Chow suddenly grabbed the officer's revolver. Chow's lawyer, Tsoi Shun-cheong, told Acting Deputy Magistrate Yu Cheuk-man that Amina Mariam Bokhary, twice convicted of assaulting police, had asked a court to spare her a jail term as it had on the past two occasions. Magistrate Anthony Yuen Wai-ming adjourned sentencing to August 2, pending a probation officer's report. Bokhary, 34, is a British national and niece of Court of Final Appeal judge Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary. On July 6, she pleaded guilty to careless driving, assaulting a police officer and failing to take a breath test. On January 27, her car collided head-on with a coach in Stubbs Road, Happy Valley. A policeman warned her not to leave the scene but Bokhary slapped the officer's face. At her court hearing, barrister Peter Duncan SC said Bokhary developed bipolar disorder in 2007. Tsoi said: 'That [case] is probably more serious than this because she slapped a police officer in front of other people. Also, she committed the offence repeatedly.' But he acknowledged that there may be special mitigating factors in Bokhary's case. Chow was so drunk that he did not know what he was doing, Tsoi said. Although drunkenness is viewed by the courts as an aggravating factor, he said Chow did not intend to hurt the police officer. Yu said that the courts viewed cases of assaulting police officers as very serious. However, he adjourned sentencing of Chow to July 26, pending a probation officer's report. 'I'll give you a second chance ... if you don't value it, you will go to jail,' he said.