Hong Kong Law & Crime

Performer accused of smashing glass into heckler’s face pleads not guilty, claiming ‘self-defence’

Gary Stephen Jackson, a comedian who allegedly smashed a glass into a heckler’s face in the basement of the Hong Kong Brew House on March 16, has pleaded “not guilty” to one charge of wounding at the Eastern District Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

“My client has a… defence of self-defence, so we would like to [enter] a plea of not guilty,” Jackson’s lawyer told the court.

Eastern Law Courts Building

Eastern Law Courts Building. Photo: Apple Daily.

The incident occurred in front of a large audience during an open-mic comedy event at the bar in Lan Kwai Fong. Police responded to the fracas at around 10:30pm. One audience member, Ravi Kanasamoorthe, was hospitalised.

Joseph To Ho-shing, the acting magistrate, said that the court case will continue on August 29, when a pre-trial hearing is scheduled to be held. The trial is scheduled to be begin on September 19th.

Performer accused of smashing glass into heckler's face pleads not guilty, claiming 'self-defence'