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Coach given suspended sentence for assaulting land activist during Fanling golf course protest

A golf coach has been given a four-week suspended prison sentence for assaulting a protester outside the Fanling golf course in April.

Tong Chun-po, 57, previously pleaded guilty to assaulting a Labour Party protester outside the golf course. The protest occurred after the government launched a five-month consultation on future land use, which included an option to develop the golf course.

During the confrontation, Tong hit Labour Party member Oscar Lo in his private parts, grabbed his neck and pushed him onto he ground before leaving the scene.

Fanling golf course

Photo: Labour Party.

The footage of the assault was widely shared on social media.

Deputy Magistrate Samuel Yip Chung-him on Thursday handed Tong suspended sentence since it was his first offence, he pleaded guilty and showed remorse.

According to the prosecution, Tong said in his first meeting with the probation officer that he could not do community service as his arm was injured and he suffers from knee-joint pain.

Fanling golf course

Photo: Apple Daily.

But Tong changed his stance and said he could accept community service after lawyers explained what a community service order might entail.

The probation officer ultimately decided that Tong should not be given a community service order and the magistrate agreed.

Coach given suspended sentence for assaulting land activist during Fanling golf course protest