Pro-democracy activist and Civic Party member, Ken Tsang, was on Thursday found guilty of assaulting police officers and resisting arrest during the Occupy protests nearly two years ago.
In giving his judgement in Kowloon City Court, Principal Magistrate Peter Law said there was no doubt that Tsang had intentionally assaulted the officers by pouring liquid on them from the embankment of the underpass at Lung Wo Road in Admiralty on October 15, 2014. The officers were clearing demonstrators from the underpass at the time.
Tsang was convicted of one count of assault, and two charges of resisting police officers in the due execution of their duties.
But Law acquitted him of two other charges of resisting police officers, saying they had not been substantiated. Those charges related to Tsang's reaction after he was pepper-sprayed by the police. Law said it was natural for a person to react violently after being sprayed with such a substance.
Tsang’s lawyer said in mitigation that his client was an honest and righteous man, who was willing to stand up against social injustice. He also said Tsang only put up minimal resistance and was quickly subdued by the police.
Law deferred sentence until May 30 and Tsang's bail was extended.
Meanwhile, seven police officers accused of beating Tsang shortly after he had poured the liquid, will go on trial in the District Court on June 1.
They were charged after TVB filmed a group of plain clothed officers hauling a handcuffed protester to a dark corner in Tamar Park, where the man was allegedly kicked and punched as he was lying on the ground.
All seven had earlier denied one count of causing Tsang grievous bodily harm with intent. One of them also pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of common assault.