A woman who was allegedly harassed and followed home by a police officer has urged others who might have experienced same behaviour to report it. It comes after the Force suspended the 26-year-old pending an investigation.
A video shot by the woman showed the man apologising and fleeing after he allegedly followed her upstairs and asked her to be his mistress. In the comments section of the online clip, several other woman claim to have had encounters with him.
One said in the comments: “If this is the same person which I’m almost certain it is, he was stalking me over the summer in Sai Ying Pun on my top apartment on Second Street. He would frequently come up to my roof, tried to get into my apartment and left me inappropriate objects and notes. I got the police involved several times but without evidence, it was hard to catch him or stop it.”
Police told HKFP on Wednesday that a the incident took place at in at 10 p.m. on February 1 in Sai Ying Pun. The case of “loitering” is being investigated by the Crime Unit of the Hong Kong Island Regional Headquarters following a complaint.
No arrest has been made, though the officer concerned was suspended and may be sacked through a “notice of intent to discharge,” as he was on probation.
A ‘wake up call’
The woman – who did not wish to be identified – told HKFP she was grateful for the swift response by the Force. She urged other women to come forward: “It sounds like he has been doing this kind of behaviour for a while and I hope this gives him a wake up call that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable.”
“If any other people have had issue with this same man, please report to the police as there are multiple active cases and with more reports he is more likely to receive a longer sentencing. The report number to quote is: 2200 2524,” she added.
The police did not respond when asked by HKFP how many complaints they had received, nor which subdivision the officer worked under.
However, a spokesperson said: “The police force attaches great importance to the conduct and behaviour of its officers, if individual officers are suspected to have violated the law or disciplinary violations, the police force will definitely investigate justly and fairly, and handle the case impartially in accordance to the established mechanism.”