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Hong Kong protests: man who bit off the tip of a police officer’s finger found guilty of four charges

The bite, which also fractured what remained of the digit, took place as the officer was attempting to restrain the defendant during a chaotic protest at a Sha Tin mall.

24 Feb 2021 - 7:05PM

The bite, which also fractured what remained of the digit, took place as the officer was attempting to restrain the defendant during a chaotic protest at a Sha Tin mall.

Hong Kong protests: man who bit off the tip of a police officer’s finger found guilty of four charges
Hong Kong judge cites heightened risk of reoffending in decision to deny bail to media mogul Jimmy Lai

Madam Justice Anthea Pang points to new accusations from police that Jimmy Lai committed other offences in her reasoning for remanding the 73-year-old in custody.

23 Feb 2021 - 8:46PM

Madam Justice Anthea Pang points to new accusations from police that Jimmy Lai committed other offences in her reasoning for remanding the 73-year-old in custody.

Hong Kong judge cites heightened risk of reoffending in decision to deny bail to media mogul Jimmy Lai
National security law: Hong Kong paralegal charged alongside Jimmy Lai sues police for return of property seized during search of home

Chan Tsz-wah asks High Court to order return of materials which he says come under protection of professional privilege.

23 Feb 2021 - 4:52PM

Chan Tsz-wah asks High Court to order return of materials which he says come under protection of professional privilege.

National security law: Hong Kong paralegal charged alongside Jimmy Lai sues police for return of property seized during search of home
Hong Kong protests: conviction upheld for social worker who obstructed police, but sentence cut to eight months on appeal

But fellow social workers say Lau Ka-tung’s reduced sentence remains too harsh, as his actions at July 27, 2019, protest were non-violent.

23 Feb 2021 - 4:39PM

But fellow social workers say Lau Ka-tung’s reduced sentence remains too harsh, as his actions at July 27, 2019, protest were non-violent.

Hong Kong protests: conviction upheld for social worker who obstructed police, but sentence cut to eight months on appeal
Senior Hong Kong police officer tells court the force had no crowd control plan for rally at centre of case against Jimmy Lai, ex-lawmakers

Prosecutors accuse media tycoon Jimmy Lai and six ex-lawmakers of turning an approved assembly into an illegal march, but defence argues they were merely trying to avoid overcrowding.

19 Feb 2021 - 11:11PM

Prosecutors accuse media tycoon Jimmy Lai and six ex-lawmakers of turning an approved assembly into an illegal march, but defence argues they were merely trying to avoid overcrowding.

Senior Hong Kong police officer tells court the force had no crowd control plan for rally at centre of case against Jimmy Lai, ex-lawmakers
Hong Kong national security law: media tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail, will remain in custody while facing raft of charges

The 73-year-old founder of the Next Digital media group and the tabloid-style Apple Daily newspaper has spent 68 days behind bars.

18 Feb 2021 - 11:29PM

The 73-year-old founder of the Next Digital media group and the tabloid-style Apple Daily newspaper has spent 68 days behind bars.

Hong Kong national security law: media tycoon Jimmy Lai denied bail, will remain in custody while facing raft of charges
Hong Kong protests: judge rejects bid by Jimmy Lai, six ex-opposition lawmakers in illegal assembly case to allow defence from British policing expert

District Judge Amanda Woodcock expressed concern over impartiality of Keele University expert Professor Clifford Stott, who was briefly involved in inquiry into 2019 unrest.

18 Feb 2021 - 2:00AM

District Judge Amanda Woodcock expressed concern over impartiality of Keele University expert Professor Clifford Stott, who was briefly involved in inquiry into 2019 unrest.

Hong Kong protests: judge rejects bid by Jimmy Lai, six ex-opposition lawmakers in illegal assembly case to allow defence from British policing expert
Hong Kong protests: court acquits man arrested with airgun, laser pointer, citing mental illness

Magistrate also rejects request to impose a hospital order on the defendant, noting he received psychiatric treatment while remanded in custody for five months.

16 Feb 2021 - 11:39PM

Magistrate also rejects request to impose a hospital order on the defendant, noting he received psychiatric treatment while remanded in custody for five months.

Hong Kong protests: court acquits man arrested with airgun, laser pointer, citing mental illness
Hong Kong protests: former opposition lawmakers plead guilty to roles in illegal 2019 march, face up to 5 years in jail

Au Nok-hin and Leung Yiu-chung have both had their bail extended by the District Court until their sentencing hearing.

17 Feb 2021 - 7:51AM

Au Nok-hin and Leung Yiu-chung have both had their bail extended by the District Court until their sentencing hearing.

Hong Kong protests: former opposition lawmakers plead guilty to roles in illegal 2019 march, face up to 5 years in jail
National security law: Jimmy Lai to stay behind bars as Hong Kong top court rules previous judge failed to properly interpret tough new threshold for bail

High Court previously ruled the 73-year-old had an arguable defence for the two cases against him and was unlikely to abscond.

10 Feb 2021 - 12:06AM

High Court previously ruled the 73-year-old had an arguable defence for the two cases against him and was unlikely to abscond.

National security law: Jimmy Lai to stay behind bars as Hong Kong top court rules previous judge failed to properly interpret tough new threshold for bail
Hong Kong opposition activist Joshua Wong among group facing five years in jail over banned June 4 vigil after guilty pleas

Joshua Wong among five who plead guilty to taking part in banned event, while 19 others ask for more time as cases are transferred to District Court.

5 Feb 2021 - 7:07PM

Joshua Wong among five who plead guilty to taking part in banned event, while 19 others ask for more time as cases are transferred to District Court.

Hong Kong opposition activist Joshua Wong among group facing five years in jail over banned June 4 vigil after guilty pleas
Coronavirus patient who fled from Hong Kong hospital jailed for four months

Kowloon City Court sentences Li Wan-keung, 63, for ‘very selfish’ behaviour over his act two months ago which had become the talk of the city.

5 Feb 2021 - 11:28PM

Kowloon City Court sentences Li Wan-keung, 63, for ‘very selfish’ behaviour over his act two months ago which had become the talk of the city.

Coronavirus patient who fled from Hong Kong hospital jailed for four months
Hong Kong protests: magistrate rejects prosecutors’ request to increase penalty for suspect who had vandalised police truck

Judge says detention five months after initial sentence inappropriate for Chan Yip-wan, 18, who was also found with flammable liquids at protest last year.

2 Feb 2021 - 10:39PM

Judge says detention five months after initial sentence inappropriate for Chan Yip-wan, 18, who was also found with flammable liquids at protest last year.

Hong Kong protests: magistrate rejects prosecutors’ request to increase penalty for suspect who had vandalised police truck
Opposition district councillor ousted in Hong Kong over false claims against pro-government rival during 2019 elections

Hinson Hung engaged in illegal conduct by falsely accusing opponent of concealing his affiliation with a pro-government group, the High Court rules.

2 Feb 2021 - 11:50PM

Hinson Hung engaged in illegal conduct by falsely accusing opponent of concealing his affiliation with a pro-government group, the High Court rules.

Opposition district councillor ousted in Hong Kong over false claims against pro-government rival during 2019 elections
National security law: Hong Kong court gives Apple Daily more time to check whether police wrongly seized documents in high-profile operation

Police had seized 423 items as evidence during a nine-hour raid on the newspaper’s Tseung Kwan O premises on August 10.

2 Feb 2021 - 5:23PM

Police had seized 423 items as evidence during a nine-hour raid on the newspaper’s Tseung Kwan O premises on August 10.

National security law: Hong Kong court gives Apple Daily more time to check whether police wrongly seized documents in high-profile operation
National security law: Jimmy Lai back in prison while Hong Kong’s top judges consider bail provision in legislation

Court of Final Appeal casts doubt on prosecutors’ interpretation of a key provision in legislation. Judges reserve ruling after hearing on correct reading of Article 42(2) of new law.

2 Feb 2021 - 4:45AM

Court of Final Appeal casts doubt on prosecutors’ interpretation of a key provision in legislation. Judges reserve ruling after hearing on correct reading of Article 42(2) of new law.

National security law: Jimmy Lai back in prison while Hong Kong’s top judges consider bail provision in legislation
Hong Kong bakery fined HK$9,000 after customer bites into pork bun only to find lizard inside

Woman bought food item at Maxim’s Cakes branch in Tuen Mun but only discovered gecko when she went to eat it two days later. Catering firm has been fined 55 times so far over similar incidents.

2 Feb 2021 - 6:51PM

Woman bought food item at Maxim’s Cakes branch in Tuen Mun but only discovered gecko when she went to eat it two days later. Catering firm has been fined 55 times so far over similar incidents.

Hong Kong bakery fined HK$9,000 after customer bites into pork bun only to find lizard inside
Hong Kong primary school teacher driven to suicide by actions of principal, coroner rules

Coroner Monica Chow says the tragedy could have been prevented, and points to a failure in complaint mechanism with the school’s sponsoring body.

1 Feb 2021 - 11:36AM

Coroner Monica Chow says the tragedy could have been prevented, and points to a failure in complaint mechanism with the school’s sponsoring body.

Hong Kong primary school teacher driven to suicide by actions of principal, coroner rules
Hong Kong student sent back to jail after appeal court finds his original sentence for weapons possession was too lenient

Prosecutors argue the original sentencing magistrate’s judgment had been coloured by his dismay over disparities in the handling of a similar case.

28 Jan 2021 - 11:09PM

Prosecutors argue the original sentencing magistrate’s judgment had been coloured by his dismay over disparities in the handling of a similar case.

Hong Kong student sent back to jail after appeal court finds his original sentence for weapons possession was too lenient
No foreign judges will hear the first national security law case before Hong Kong’s top court

Court of Final Appeal panels without a foreign judge are practically unheard of, with 690 out of 700 cases heard since the handover including at least one.

28 Jan 2021 - 11:09PM

Court of Final Appeal panels without a foreign judge are practically unheard of, with 690 out of 700 cases heard since the handover including at least one.

No foreign judges will hear the first national security law case before Hong Kong’s top court
Hong Kong court declines to unfreeze closed law firm’s accounts following urgent application

Justice Russell Coleman finds that unfreezing the accounts would be inappropriately premature at present.

27 Jan 2021 - 7:19PM

Justice Russell Coleman finds that unfreezing the accounts would be inappropriately premature at present.

Hong Kong court declines to unfreeze closed law firm’s accounts following urgent application
Hong Kong policeman jailed for nearly four years for sexually assaulting multiple underage girls

District Court finds jail time appropriate after a psychological report said the risk of the 35-year-old reoffending was at “the higher end of a moderate level”.

27 Jan 2021 - 10:59PM

District Court finds jail time appropriate after a psychological report said the risk of the 35-year-old reoffending was at “the higher end of a moderate level”.

Hong Kong policeman jailed for nearly four years for sexually assaulting multiple underage girls
Hong Kong policeman who admitted defrauding force’s credit union over HK$450,000 in loans told to expect jail term

Eastern Court hears Li Hung-fat falsely stated he had no outstanding loans when he sought to borrow money from Hong Kong Police Credit Union.

26 Jan 2021 - 11:39PM

Eastern Court hears Li Hung-fat falsely stated he had no outstanding loans when he sought to borrow money from Hong Kong Police Credit Union.

Hong Kong policeman who admitted defrauding force’s credit union over HK$450,000 in loans told to expect jail term
Hong Kong courts order arrest of fugitive ex-lawmaker Ted Hui over protest incident, throw out his appeal in phone-snatching case

District Court judge issues warrant for Hui, currently in Britain, after he failed to show up for a hearing in a case involving a man who was harassed at a 2019 protest.

26 Jan 2021 - 11:39PM

District Court judge issues warrant for Hui, currently in Britain, after he failed to show up for a hearing in a case involving a man who was harassed at a 2019 protest.

Hong Kong courts order arrest of fugitive ex-lawmaker Ted Hui over protest incident, throw out his appeal in phone-snatching case
Hong Kong teen found guilty of vandalising shop that had drawn protesters’ ire

Judge remands 15-year-old in custody to await sentencing for trashing the Best Mart 360 branch.

26 Jan 2021 - 12:06AM

Judge remands 15-year-old in custody to await sentencing for trashing the Best Mart 360 branch.

Hong Kong teen found guilty of vandalising shop that had drawn protesters’ ire
Former top prosecutor in Hong Kong calls on UK foreign minister to apologise to barrister trying opposition figures

British minister Dominic Raab said David Perry was handing Beijing a PR victory in taking up the case, pointing to concerns over the national security law. But former top prosecutor Grenville Cross notes case concerns 2019 protest, long before the legislation was adopted.

19 Jan 2021 - 3:38AM

British minister Dominic Raab said David Perry was handing Beijing a PR victory in taking up the case, pointing to concerns over the national security law. But former top prosecutor Grenville Cross notes case concerns 2019 protest, long before the legislation was adopted.

Former top prosecutor in Hong Kong calls on UK foreign minister to apologise to barrister trying opposition figures
Top court throws out request by Hong Kong prison bosses to keep discriminatory haircut requirement for male inmates

Court of Final Appeal says there is nothing complex about its ruling in November that justifies a six-month suspension.

18 Jan 2021 - 11:45PM

Court of Final Appeal says there is nothing complex about its ruling in November that justifies a six-month suspension.

Top court throws out request by Hong Kong prison bosses to keep discriminatory haircut requirement for male inmates
Hong Kong protests: four years’ jail for only person convicted of rioting during August 31, 2019, day of unrest

Chan Cho-ho, 25, sentenced to four years behind bars over violent clashes on August 31, 2019, one of the most chaotic days of that year’s protests.

19 Jan 2021 - 12:37AM

Chan Cho-ho, 25, sentenced to four years behind bars over violent clashes on August 31, 2019, one of the most chaotic days of that year’s protests.

Hong Kong protests: four years’ jail for only person convicted of rioting during August 31, 2019, day of unrest
Four Hong Kong police constables who unknowingly met undercover agent over raid tip-off accused of colluding with triad

The constables of Hong Kong’s organised crime and triad bureau face a joint charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

15 Jan 2021 - 11:53PM

The constables of Hong Kong’s organised crime and triad bureau face a joint charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Four Hong Kong police constables who unknowingly met undercover agent over raid tip-off accused of colluding with triad
Hong Kong protests: firefighter with petrol bombs is first member of fire services sentenced over 2019 unrest, gets 34 months’ jail

Judge says he gives ‘very little to no weight’ to Fong Chi-hung’s excellent service record, considering seriousness of the charges.

16 Jan 2021 - 12:06AM

Judge says he gives ‘very little to no weight’ to Fong Chi-hung’s excellent service record, considering seriousness of the charges.

Hong Kong protests: firefighter with petrol bombs is first member of fire services sentenced over 2019 unrest, gets 34 months’ jail