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Man sentenced for assaulting FEHD officer

     A man who assaulted a Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) officer was sentenced to 140 hours' community service at Kwun Tong Magistrates' Courts today (May 16).

     The court heard that the 42 year-old man assaulted an Assistant Hawker Control Officer who was executing her duties at Sai Yeung Choi Street South Pedestrian Precinct, Mong Kok, on January 13 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 their 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/Friday, May 16, 2014
Issued at HKT 19:41


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