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Man sentenced for assaulting tobacco control inspector

     A 61-year-old man was sentenced to two terms of imprisonments of six weeks suspended for 18 months, to be executed concurrently, at Tuen Mun Magistrates' Courts today (May 4) for assaulting two Tobacco Control Inspectors (TCI). He was also fined $1,500 for the smoking offence.

     The incident took place at Po Tin Market in Tuen Mun on November 11, 2014. The man assaulted two TCIs when a team of inspectors was inspecting the premises. He was subsequently arrested and charged by the Police.

     A spokesman for the Department of Health urged the public to observe the smoking ban requirements and to co-operate with law enforcement officers.

     "Intimidation or use of violence against enforcement officers is a serious offence and carries serious legal consequences," the spokesman said.

     As of today, there have been two cases of assaulting TCIs in 2015. Since 2007, 64 cases have been recorded and 14 (24 per cent) out of 58 offenders convicted for assaulting TCIs were sentenced to immediate imprisonment. The maximum penalty meted out by the courts was immediate imprisonment for four months.

Ends/Monday, May 4, 2015
Issued at HKT 18:57


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