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Headline Of The Week: Woman Attacks Examiner After Failing Driving Test

By Sarah Moran 11 January 2019
Another day, another series of nauseating news. We get it, it’s difficult to keep up with all the information out there. Sometimes you watch the news and it feels like the world is spiralling out of control (kind of like a bad hangover) and you end up walking away from the TV with a banging headache. In the spirit of public enlightenment, we bring you our weekly fun news column, where we give you the most interesting international, national, or local headline from the past week — that you may have overlooked.

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Getting a driver’s licence in Hong Kong is notoriously difficult, so it's no surprise that many people have to take the test several times before finally passing. But while most of us would probably just accept our defeat, or perhaps take out our frustrations by ranting to a couple of friends over drinks, a 45-year-old woman (unnamed) took it one step too far when she attacked her driving test examiner after he flunked her. According to a local media outlet Ezone, the woman lashed out by striking the male instructor with her phone after learning she failed her test on Wednesday. The blows left the man with injuries on his arm which required hospital treatment, and the attacker was charged with assault. When trialled at court, the defendant pleaded guilty, claiming she doesn't understand Hong Kong law because she's from Mainland China, and that she attacked her examiner out of impulse but regrets her actions. She has an eighteen-year-old son and works in the beauty industry. Although the woman was hoping for just a fine, she was actually sentenced to six days of imprisonment because the nature of the case was deemed very serious. The magistrate pointed out that the case was not a private dispute and that test examiners are responsible for assessing the driving standards of the candidates and must be strict – otherwise, the public's safety could be in jeopardy. Moreover, the defendant has a university education and therefore must know that driving test examiners are government officials. The incident follows a similar case in July last year when a man punched his driving examiner after repeatedly failing his driver’s test. Who knew the biggest danger a Hong Kong driving test examiner would face isn't car crashes, but physical assault from students?
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Sarah Moran

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong to expat parents, Sarah grew up as your typical third-culture kid, caught between two worlds. As someone who is nosy (or just curious) and loves the written word, there was never any other career that appealed to her as much as journalism. When she’s not busy on her mission to find the line between not enough coffee and too much coffee, you can find her exploring the city or getting stuck in a good book.