HK police sergeant charged with bribery, misconduct and deception while training constables

28-Oct-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong’s anti-corruption agency on Friday charged a sergeant with bribery, misconduct in a public office and deception involving a total of HK$250,000 (US$32,000) for his misdeeds while supervising a squad of 30 trainee constables at the police college.

Au Chi-wai, 49, will face four charges ‘one of a public servant accepting an advantage, one of misconduct in a public office and two of obtaining property by deception ‘when he appears in Eastern Court next Tuesday for the case to be transferred to the District Court for plea, according to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

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Au was attached to the police college’s Drill and Musketry Training Unit. Between late 2012 and mid-2013, the college organised a residential training course for newly recruited trainee police constables.

Trainees at a passing out parade in Hong Kong Police College. (South China Morning Post)

Trainees at a passing out parade in Hong Kong Police College. (South China Morning Post)

The new recruits were divided into seven squads, each comprising 30 trainees.

Au was an assistant course instructor in one of the squads responsible for foot drill lessons, discipline and administration.

He has been charged with dishonestly obtaining a sum of HK$240,000 from 30 trainees between December 2012 and June 2013.

“The defendant has allegedly told the 30 trainees that each of them was required to pay HK$6,000 for purchasing various stationery items and equipment, and an additional HK$60,000 in total for renting professional equipment to make a commemorative photo album,” the commission said.

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As for the misconduct charge, the commission said: “[Au] has allegedly taken advantage of his professional relationship with the 30 trainees for private gains by soliciting them to purchase computers via him, and becoming involved in activities leading to conflict of interest by soliciting them to purchase various items unrelated to their training in the Hong Kong Police College.”

The bribery charge alleges that between June 1 and 30, 2013, Au accepted computer software worth about HK$10,000 from the 30 trainee constables as a reward for being favourably disposed to them.

The commission said the case arose from a corruption complaint received from the force. Au has been released on bail, pending his court appearance next Tuesday.



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