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Man fined for assaulting FEHD officer

     A 21-year-old man who attacked a Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) officer has been convicted for common assault. He was fined $1,000 in Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (January 9).

     The court heard that the defendant attacked an Assistant Hawker Control Officer during an operation against unlicensed hawkers and illegal shop extensions at Chun Yeung Street in North Point on May 28 last 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 will have a criminal record when convicted. Furthermore, the FEHD will claim from offenders losses arising from the absence of duty of the injured public officers through civil litigation," the spokesman added.

Ends/Thursday, January 9, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:10


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