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Woman sentenced for assaulting FEHD officers

     A woman who assaulted two Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) officers was sentenced to 80 hours' community service in Tuen Mun Magistrates' Courts today (May 13). The defendant was also fined $1,500 by the courts for depositing litter in a public place.

     The court heard that the 55-year-old woman refused to co-operate and assaulted two Assistant Hawker Control Officers who intended to issue a fixed penalty notice to her for dirtying a public place arising from feeding feral birds on the footbridge at the junction of Castle Peak Road and Fung Cheung Road, Yuen Long, New Territories, on March 1 this year.

     An FEHD spokesman reminded members of the public to co-operate with law enforcement officers. According to section 139 of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Chapter 132), any person who wilfully obstructs, resists or uses abusive language to any law enforcement officer in the execution of his duties is liable to a maximum fine of $25,000 and six months' imprisonment.

     "To use force against public officers is not right and offenders would have a criminal record when convicted. Furthermore, the FEHD would claim from offenders any losses arising from the absence of duty of the injured public officers through civil litigation," he added.

Ends/Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Issued at HKT 19:19


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