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Cases of illegal gathering, failure to wear mask heard in court

04 October 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

The Covid-19 related cases were all heard in Eastern Court

An unemployed Filipina with Chinese citizenship and a Caucasian male with a Hong Kong ID card who were due to enter their plea for taking part in an illegal gathering, failed to show up for a hearing in Eastern Court today, Oct 4.

A Frenchman also slated for plea-taking for not wearing a mask was also was absent.

As a result of their absence, the prosecutor said the three, Virginia R. Hwang, Alexander D. O’Neill and Leo A. Villemin will be issued summonses.

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Hwang and O’Neill faced separate charges of “participating in a prohibited group gathering” before Magistrate Vivian Ho.

Villemin faced a charge of “failing to wear a mask in a public place,” in violation of anti-Covid-regulations.

The prosecution declined to give details of the cases.


But in earlier case, Hwang, 62, and O’Neill, 36, were among four persons charged on Jul 20 for “gambling in a gambling establishment” on Feb 3 in an eighth floor flat at Lai Yuen Apartments , Russell St, Causeway Bay.

O’Neill pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000. Their two companions, Lam Wing-chuen and Chui Tak-man, both 45, were fined $1,500 each.

Hwang, who was also charged with possessing apparatus fit for inhaling drugs and for drug possession, was not asked for her plea then.


Meanwhile, an Indonesian woman was fined $6,000 for operating a food shop in Central beyond the 10pm closing time for catering businesses imposed by the government as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The defendant, Jharna Sunwar, pleaded guilty to a charge of violating the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap. 599F).

The prosecution said that on Mar 28, a team of health and police officers inspected a catering business at 15-19 Elgin St, Central, that remained open at past 10pm and found 10 men and one woman eating inside.

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Investigating officers found that the shop had a valid business licence, but arrested the defendant for operating the business illegally beyond the prescribed closing time.

After Sunwar pleaded guilty, Magistrate Ho fined her $6,000.

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