Field Officer of AFCD charged by ICAC admits using false documents over stray dog cases

2022-1-12


A Field Officer II of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), charged by the ICAC, today (January 12) admitted at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts that he had used false internal documents in relation to four stray dog cases to mislead the department.

Li Kai-tik, 48, pleaded guilty to eight counts of agent using a document with intent to deceive his principal, contrary to Section 9(3) of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance. The prosecution withdrew four counts of doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice against him.

Acting Principal Magistrate Ms Peony Wong Nga-yan adjourned the case to February 8 for sentence, pending a community service order report of the defendant. The defendant was granted cash bail.

It is an offence under the Rabies Ordinance for a dog keeper if his or her dog is not on a leash or under control in a public place (the offence).

At the material time, Kowloon Animal Management Centre (the Centre) was responsible for handling stray dogs and the relevant criminal investigations on possible prosecutions against dog keepers for the offence. Staff of the Centre who conducted the relevant investigations were required to fill in a form, namely entitled “Information for Possible Prosecution (for stray dogs)” (Prosecution Form).

When a person handed in a stray dog to the Centre, he or she was required to fill in a form, namely “Record for Handing in Stray Animal(s)” (Animal Form), and to indicate if he or she was willing to testify in court against the dog keepers.

The defendant was a Field Officer II of the AFCD posted to the Centre. In May 2018, a person handed in a stray dog to the Centre and indicated in the Animal Form that he was willing to testify in court against the dog keeper.

In a Prosecution Form subsequently submitted to his supervisor, the defendant falsely represented that the person was not willing to be a prosecution witness and recommended no prosecution against the dog keeper. An altered Animal Form purportedly showing that the person was unwilling to testify in court was attached as a supporting document.

Between September 2018 and February 2019, the defendant had recommended no prosecution against the dog keepers in three other cases by similarly altering the relevant Animal Forms.

As a result, no prosecution was initiated against the dog keepers in all four cases, the court heard.

The ICAC investigation arose from a corruption complaint. Upon completion of the investigation, the ICAC sought legal advice from the Department of Justice, which advised charges be laid against the defendant. The AFCD had rendered full assistance to the ICAC during its investigation into the case.

The prosecution was today represented by ICAC officer Vanessa Kwan.

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