The assault case against controversial local businessman Hui Chi-ming has been stood over until January 8 after he was unable to attend a hearing on Friday.
Hui, 56, a former CPPCC delegate and the chairman of HKEx-listed Hong Kong Finance, is accused of assaulting a Tai Long Wan resident, Alexander Robert Medd, in March 29.
Hui’s barrister told the West Kowloon Court that his client had been unable to return from mainland China due to the pandemic travel restrictions. Additionally, his mother had died the day prior to the hearing.
The court approved Hui’s application to defer the case until January 8 to allow him to take care of funeral arrangements.
Hui and another man, Chan Ming-leung, 56, first appeared in court over the charges on August 28. They were released bail of HK$1,000 each.
Chan has been charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding Medd in the same incident.
Hui has bought half a dozen properties and carried out a series of unauthorized building works in the remote Lantau village in the last three years.
Photo (top): A Lands Department signs censures Hui’s unauthorized building works
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Prominent Hong Kong and mainland businessman Hui Chi Ming has been charged over an alleged assault of a Tai Long Wan resident.
Hui, 56, a former delegate to the Chinese People’s Political and Consultative Conference (CPPCC), faces one count of ordinary assault and another of criminal damage over an alleged incident on March 29.
Another man, Chan Ming Leung, 56, has been charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding Alexander Robert Medd near Tai Long Wan Lot 43, Oriental Daily reported.
The two appeared in West Kowloon Court on Friday. Bail was set at HK$1,000 each and the accused were ordered not to harass witnesses.
The case was adjourned for hearing on September 25.
Hui is chairman of the HKEX-listed Hong Kong Finance Investment Holding Group. He is placed 828th on the Hurun 2020 China rich list with net worth of US$710 million.
In the past two years Hui has acquired a number of properties in the remote Lantau village and is building a private compound surrounded by a 3m high wall.
Photo: Entrance gate at Hui Chi-ming residence, Tai Long Wan