Three of the seven police officers, Police Constable Lau Hing-pui (front L), Wong Wai-ho (R) and Chan Siu-tan (back), charged in connection with the beating of a protester during Occupy Central pro-democracy demonstrations, arrive at a court in Hong Kong, China February 14, 2017. Photo: Bobby Yip

Seven Hong Kong policemen filmed taking turns to repeatedly kick and punch pro-democracy activist Ken Tsang Kin-chiu during the Occupy movement in 2014 were each jailed for two years, local government-owned broadcaster RTHK reported. 

A custodial sentence was appropriate punishment because they had dishonored the police force and damaged Hong Kong’s reputation, Judge David Dufton said Friday in the District Court. The pressure placed on the officers from policing the street protests could not justify the defendants’ actions, he said.

Given this was their first offense of this nature, and in light of their years of service to the community, the sentences were reduced from the 2 ½ years that could be expected in similar cases, the judge said.

On Tuesday, the seven officers were found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm when they kicked and punched Tsang in a dark corner of Tamar Park in the early hours of October 15, 2014.

Read: Seven HK policemen found guilty for Occupy attack

Four of the officers are from the Kwun Tong District Anti-triad Squad. They are senior inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai, sergeant Pak Wing-bun, officer Lau Hing-pui and Wong Wai-ho. The other three include Triad and Organized Crime Bureau chief inspector Wong Cho-shing, Kowloon East Regional Crime Headquarters officer Chan Siu-tan and Kowloon City District officer Kwan Ka-ho.

Chan was also found guilty of common assault for slapping Tsang’s face inside Central Police Station and received a concurrent one-month term.

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