Suspect, who was sitting in public gallery during hearing, took out weapon and shouted ‘lawless’
More than 50 police officers with shields were sweeping the High Court in Admiralty in search of a mainland Chinese man who flashed a knife in court on Tuesday morning.
The man, who was sitting in the public gallery when judge Wilson Chan was hearing a contempt of court case in Court No 13 soon after 10am, suddenly took out a knife and yelled in Mandarin: “Lawless!”
The judge did not answer the man and left the courtroom immediately.
The man then fled. A police insider said he was not related to the case the judge was hearing.
Dozens of patrol officers and their colleagues from the Emergency Unit arrived at the High Court and began searching for the man.
Plain-clothes police officers were searching every floor of the building, including the fifth, where former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was facing a corruption trial. The hearing remained uninterrupted.
At least 10 police vehicles were seen outside the High Court. A sniffer dog was also deployed.
“We are not sure if he is still inside the court at the moment. We are looking for him in the court and the nearby area,” a police source said. “All officers are equipped with [protective] gear as the man is dangerous.”