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Kickboxer in Central fight gets suspended jail term for resisting arrest

08 February 2019

By Vir B. Lumicao

Wong is shown all bloodied after the Jun 17 brawl
A Filipino-Chinese kickboxing instructor involved in a bloody brawl in Central last year has avoided imprisonment after pleading guilty in Eastern Court on Feb. 8 to resisting a police officer.

Chancell Wong, 44, had his two-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months by Magistrate Peter Law.

“Thank you, your honor,” Wong, 44, told the magistrate after the sentencing, then bowed his head and left the courtroom trailing his British employers, who showed up to support him, and submitted a letter attesting to his good character.

Wong, a Hong Kong permanent resident, pleaded guilty to the charge on Feb. 8. A duty lawyer who represented him in court said Wong is a driver who teaches kickboxing part-time and earns $20,000 a month, 

In mitigation, the lawyer said Wong did not start the fight on D’Aguilar St in Central on Jun 17 last year, and that he himself suffered injuries in the fight with a “foreign male”.

The lawyer also said the charge against Wong was just a “pushing and pulling, not a remand case, but a case against a foreign male.”

But the magistrate rebuked the lawyer, saying, “The other male, foreigner or local, has nothing to do with this case.” He also said resisting an officer who was executing his duty to enforce the law and prevent crime was a serious offense.

He said the sentence for such an offense was three months in jail but was reducing it by a third because of Wong’s clear record and guilty plea.

Law warned Wong not to commit any offense during the next 12 months or the sentence would be imposed, on top of any penalty for the new offense.

The brawl involving Wong and Filipino drivers Ricky Lizo and his younger brother Denise broke out just after 11:00pm on Jun 17 last year on D’Aguilar Street

The prosecution said a police officer patrolling the Lan Kwai Fong area saw the defendant chase and attack an unidentified foreign man on the street.

The officer reportedly blocked Wong and ordered him to stop, but the latter pushed him and pulled his arm. As a result, the officer suffered an arm injury and was taken to the hospital where an attending doctor told him to take a three-day medical leave. 

Wong himself was injured in the fracas and was hospitalized with a wound on his head and a split lower lip.

Earlier reports said the fight started when Wong was attacked by the brothers Lizo for allegedly slapping a Filipina. At the time, the Lizos had been drinking in a Filipino pub where Wong was also having a drink.
A Filipino boxer friend, Jay Primo Solmiano, said he tried to break up the fight when he saw Wong being beaten up by the Lizos, but was himself attacked by the brothers.

All four sustained injuries and Wong and the Lizos were arrested by the police, but were later released on police bail.  Solmiano voluntarily reported to Central police station where he was also deemed arrested and told to post bail.

A few months back, Solmiano and the Lizos got back their police bail, and were reportedly told they no longer had to worry about being charged in court. However the Police Public Relations Bureau told The SUN the case was still under investigation.


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