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Man sentenced for assaulting Tobacco Control Inspector
     A 33-year-old man was sentenced to 100 hours of Community Service Orders in the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (November 15) for assaulting a Tobacco Control Inspector (TCI) and obstructing a TCI in exercise of his duty. He was also fined $2,000 for a smoking offence.

     The incident took place at the Cross-Harbour Tunnel Bus Interchange in Hung Hom on February 20. The man assaulted a TCI when he was being issued a Fixed Penalty Notice by the TCI for a smoking offence. 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 co-operate with law enforcement officers.

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

     As of today, there have been four cases of assaulting TCIs in 2017. Since 2007, 81 cases have been recorded and 19 out of 69 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/Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Issued at HKT 14:45
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