Woman jailed after accusing police officer of groping her during protest in Hong Kong

Ng Lai-ying, 30, was found guilty of assaulting a police officer with her breasts.

Ng Lai-ying, 30, was found guilty of assaulting a police officer with her breasts. Photo: Facebook/Jimmy Lam

A woman in Hong Kong has been sentenced to jail for three and a half months for assaulting a police officer with her breasts during a protest. 

Ng Lai-ying, 30, was found guilty of assaulting Chief Inspector Chan Ka-po by "thrusting her chest into [his] arm" during a protest against 'parallel trading' (buying up cheap essentials to sell at a profit in China, leaving locals with shortages), according to local reports

Ng had initially accused the officer of groping her, telling the court she called out "indecent assault" when she felt his arm on her breast - but Deputy Magistrate Michael Chan Pik-kiu dismissed her claim, saying the inappropriate use of her "female identity" had caused harm to the officer's reputation. 

According to The South China Morning Post, the harsh sentencing was intended in part to deter future protesters: "If I do not hand down a deterrent sentence, the public might mistakenly think it is a trivial matter to assault police officers during protests," said Chan.

In the video below, Ng Lai-ying can be seen being dragged to the ground by a group of police officers, later emerging with a bleeding nose. 

 

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Posted by MM on Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hong Kong residents are furious. Many have taken to social media to mock the decision, and protests took place over the weekend, following the conviction earlier this month.

 

 

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