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Woman convicted of assaulting tobacco control inspector

8 December 2010

A 46-year-old woman was convicted by the Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court today (December 8) of assaulting a Tobacco Control Inspector (TCI).

The woman was sentenced to one month imprisonment suspended for 12 months and fined $2,000.

The incident took place at a restaurant, namely "美 德 茶 餐 廳" in Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong on August 17, 2010. The woman assaulted the TCI when a team of inspectors was inspecting the restaurant premises. The woman was subsequently arrested and charged with assault by the Police.

A spokesman for the Department of Health urged the public to observe the smoking ban requirements and to co-operate with law-enforcement officers.

"Intimidation or use of violence against enforcement officers is a serious offence and carries serious legal consequences," he said.

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