A protester in Hong Kong has been found guilty of assaulting a police officer by hitting him with her breast.
Local media reports that the so-called attack occurred in Yuen Long during a chaotic protest against cross-border traders on March 1.
30-year-old Ng Lai-ying was accused on Thursday of using her chest to knock into the right arm of Chief Inspector Chan Ka-po at the protest.
According to the South China Morning Post, Lai-ying said in court that Ka-po had stretched out his arm to reach the strap of her shoulder bag causing his hand to touch the upper part of her left breast to which Lai-ying shouted “indecent assault”.
The magistrate, Michael Chan Pik-kiu wasn’t buying her claims that the inspector had molested her, however, and reportedly said:
You used your female identity to trump up the allegation that the officer had molested you. This is a malicious act.
He also added that the accusation had caused great harm to the officer’s reputation, and pointed out that it was the police’s role to maintain law and order in a protest.
There were two groups of people expressing different points of view at the protest. Without police officers there to maintain order, it is not surprising that there was commotion, or even clashes.
Three more protesters, including Lai-ying’s boyfriend, have been accused of obstructing police officers. This includes a 14-year-old pupil who was found guilty of hitting the same police officer in the chest with their shoulder.
All four defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, but are set to be sentenced on July 29.
There are no further reports on whether the police officer was injured in the boob attack but, given the images of Lai-ying herself looking pretty roughed up at the protest, we imagine many people will be unhappy with this verdict.
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