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Man sentenced for assaulting Tobacco Control Inspector
     A 56-year-old man was sentenced in Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (October 28) to imprisonment for two weeks each for assaulting a Tobacco Control Inspector (TCI) and obstructing a public officer in the exercise of his duty. The sentences are to be executed concurrently.

     The incident took place at Hoi Sham Park, To Kwa Wan, on July 13. The man assaulted a TCI 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 six cases of assaulting TCIs in 2016. Since 2007, 76 cases have been recorded and 18 out of 66 offenders convicted for assaulting TCIs were sentenced to immediate imprisonment. The maximum penalty meted out by the court was immediate imprisonment for four months.
Ends/Friday, October 28, 2016
Issued at HKT 17:10
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