Video footage of her exchange with Hong Kong policemen in a March 1 anti-trade protest showed 30-year-old Ng Lai-ying with a bloodied nose and outnumbered by the officers.
But Ng has ended up getting convicted of "assaulting" one of the policemen with her left breast and was yesterday sentenced to three and a half months in jail for the act, reported the South China Morning Post (SCMP).
She was sentenced despite the officer's alleged physical injuries never being revealed in court, according to Time.
SCMP had earlier reported Ng testifying that the officer, Inspector Chan Ka-po, had reached out to grasp the strap of her bag when his hand came in contact with her upper left breast.
She said she immediately yelled, "Indecent assault!"
But Mr Chan counter-testified that it was Ng who had bumped into his upper right arm with her breast.
Deputy Magistrate Michael Chan Pik-kiu accused Ng of lying on the stand and handed down a guilty verdict.
"You used your female identity to trump up the allegation that the officer had molested you. This is a malicious act," he reportedly said.
In sentencing her to jail, he said: "If I do not hand down a deterring sentence, the public might mistakenly think it is a trivial matter to assault police officers during protests."
Ng had three co-defendants - a 14-year-old boy who was convicted of assaulting the same officer and sent to a rehabilitation centre, Ng’s boyfriend Kwong Chun-lung, 20, sent to a training centre for obstructing an officer, and Poon Tsz-hang, 22, sentenced to five months and a week in jail for the same offence as Kwong.
This article was first published on July 31, 2015.
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