Legislative Council member “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung was today acquitted of pushing a woman at the weekly City Forum last year. Magistrate Jason Wan Siu-ming said that the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt against Leung as evidence presented to the Eastern Court could not rule out the possibility that the lawmaker pushed the face of Kwok Yee-wah so as to prevent her from getting closer to him. Leung, who was a guest at the forum on July 6 last year, had earlier denied one count of common assault. Today, Wan said: “The court cannot completely confirm that [Leung’s] action was malicious ... and carried with it an intention to commit a battery.” He added that if Leung had pushed other parts of Kwok Yee-wah's body, it might have given rise to more serious allegations as the alleged victim was a woman. Although acquitting Leung, the magistrate said that Leung’s action brought suspicion upon him. Earlier, the court heard that Kwok Yee-wah attempted to get past a security guard to get at Leung as she yelled abuse at the League of Social Democrats member, calling him a “convict”. Wan noted that Kwok Yee-wah's action was provocative and offensive but there was no evidence suggesting that she attacked Leung. Wan therefore rejected Leung’s argument that he was in fact defending himself when he pushed Kwok Yee-wah's face. Earlier in the trial, Leung’s lawyer Douglas Kwok King-hin cited a precedent and said the prosecution failed to state clearly in the charge whether the alleged assault merely scared Kwok Yee-wah or if there was physical contact. He argued the precedent, set in an assault case brought against Leung’s fellow League of Social Democrats member Derek Chan Tak-cheung last year, required the prosecution to distinguish between the two. But Wan said today that the precedent did not set any guideline for the prosecution. Outside court, Leung accused the government of using pro-Communist parties to restrain his freedom of expression. He said unlike those government officials and rich people, he would not ask for special police protection when he attended public forums.