Defendants acquitted of unlawful assembly and other charges arising from 2019 protest outside police operations base
On 6 August 2021, Magistrate Kelly Shui acquitted 3 out of 4 Defendants charged with taking part in an unlawful assembly, using facial covering at an unlawful assembly and possessing instruments with intent to destroy or damage property. Albert Wan, Andrew Lau and Flora Lam acted for the successful Defendants in HKSAR v Leung Shun Kwan & Ors, TMCC 1953/2020.
The Defendants were arrested whilst the police were conducting a clearance operation in relation to a protest outside the Tai Hing Operational Base in Tuen Mun on 28 October 2019. The protest stemmed from the residents’ displeasure over a mysterious smell alleged to have emanated from the police facility.
The Defendants were commonly charged with taking part in an unlawful assembly. The 1st, 2nd and 4th Defendants were also charged with using facial covering at an unlawful assembly. Furthermore, the 4th Defendant faced an additional charge of possessing instruments with intent to destroy or damage property.
After an 8-day trial, the learned Magistrate found that the Prosecution had failed to discharge their burden of proof in relation to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Defendants, notwithstanding there were TV news footages showing their presence. Her Worship also rejected the evidence of the 4th Defendant’s arresting officer as being unreliable.
This case has been widely covered in the press, including Ming Pao Daily and Stand News.
Albert Wan, instructed by Henry Chiu & Partners, acted for the 2nd Defendant.
Flora Lam, instructed by Cheng & Co, acted for the 3rd Defendant.
Andrew Lau, instructed by Henry Chiu & Partners, acted for the 4th Defendant.
Albert obtained a Master of Law (LLM) at the University of Cambridge and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at City University of Hong Kong with First Class Honours. He was called to the Bar in 2017.
Albert has a wide-ranging practice with experience in general civil, land, company, probate, contract, tort, commercial, construction, bankruptcy, personal injuries, judicial review and election petition. In Lui Chi Hang Hendrick v Independent Police Complaints Council  HKCFI 3120 (with Mr Jeffrey Tam), he acted for the Applicant in successfully obtaining leave to challenge the legality of the Independent Police Complaints Council’s decision to proactively conduct a fact-finding study on the public order events since June 2019.
Andrew is a Charles Ching Scholar who joined Chambers in 2018. He is developing a broad civil and criminal practice, with experience in areas such as commercial disputes, company/insolvency, construction, equity/trusts, land, probate, family, personal injuries and public law.
In his criminal practice, Andrew acted as co-counsel for the 1st Defendant in appealing against conviction in HKSAR v Cheung Kwai Choi and Chow Nok Hang  HKCFI 2243;  HKCFA 13 (contravention of an administrative instruction issued under the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance (Cap. 382).
Flora joined Denis Chang’s Chambers in 2018 and is developing a broad civil and criminal practice. She has experience in areas such as company law, commercial disputes, criminal law, defamation, probate, trusts, adverse possession, personal injuries, and public law. She is also regularly instructed to handle legal aid appeals.
Recently, Flora (led by Mr. Derek Chan SC and appearing with Mr. Joseph Lee) secured the acquittal of the 1st Defendant of “conspiracy for an agent to accept advantages” in HKSAR v Cheung Ling Chu Sally and Another (DCCC 920/2019)  HKDC 188.
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