Lawyers defending seven policemen accused of beating social worker Ken Tsang Kin-chiu accused Tsang of making up evidence as the trial continued on Friday. The defence counsel said Tsang’s testimony in court included details that were never mentioned to investigators looking into the apparent assault during the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy protests.

Civic Party activist Tsang was filmed allegedly being kicked and punched by seven police officers in a “dark corner” near Lung Wui Road at the peak of the protests.

All seven officers have denied charges of wounding and striking with intent to do grievous bodily harm. One police officer who was charged with an extra count of common assault also pleaded not guilty.

Defence counsel Cheng Huan said while Tsang mentioned during the trial that seven police officers brought him to the corner where the alleged assault took place, he did not make that claim in his statement recorded four days after the incident. Tsang said he disagreed, and that he said in the statement that although he was escorted by two people, there were seven police officers present.

Cheng also asked Tsang why he did not include being asked to “walk faster” after the incident in his statement, and accused him of making up new evidence when testifying in court. Tsang denied this was the case.

Ken Tsang at court. Photo: Stand News.

However, Tsang admitted that he refused to tell the police whether his description of the incident was based on his memory or the online footage. He added that he has the right to do so based on legal advice.

Tsang finished his testimony on the authenticity of videos that prosecutors submitted. It is expected that he will be called to appear in court in late June. The case was adjourned until Monday.


Koel Chu

Koel Chu is a second-year journalism and fine arts student at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koel is interested in the arts and urban design. She interned at China Radio International in Beijing and, at her university, she also works as Vice-President of Branding and Marketing in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation in the world.