Pakistani man found not guilty of loitering
Magistrate raised concerns over whether the witness could identify the defendant when he saw him for just 10 seconds
A 46-year-old Pakistani man who was accused of holding a knife while lingering outside a kindergarten in Mong Kok on April 5 was found not guilty for loitering inWest Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Defendant Raja Ibrar Hussain had his name cleared after Magistrate Peony Wong Nga-yan raised concerns, Apple Daily reported.
Magistrate Wong was concerned over whether the witness could be certain that Hussain was the suspect, given that the kindergarten bus driver had seen the knife-wielding man for just 10 seconds, Apple Daily reported.
There were also discrepancies noted between the witness statement by the driver and reports by police officers.
Previously Hussain told the police that he had found a knife for cutting fruit at the refuse room near the kindergarten and he was outside the school because he want to use the toilet, Ming Pao reported.
On April 5, staff at Heep Hong Society Healthy Kids Nursery School in Mong Kok saw a South Asian man wandering around the school area a 11am with an eight-inch-long table knife in his hand, Oriental Daily reported.
At around 5pm on the same day, a man reappeared and was arrested by the police at a refuse room near the kindergarten.