Local boxer injures friend in sparring match – victim in coma

2021-10-11 03:38     BY Camy Tam    Comment:0

A local man was arrested for injuring a friend during a sparring match last Monday, according to a statement by Judiciary Police (PJ) spokesman Chan Wun Man yesterday.

Chan told The Macau Post Daily last night that the two boxers are locals. Chan said he did not know the age of either man.

According to Chan’s statement, the Public Security Police referred a case of grievous bodily harm to the Judiciary Police last Tuesday evening in which the victim was seriously injured.

A doctor of the public Conde de S. Januário Hospital Centre told the police that victim had undergone brain surgery due to haematoma and severe cerebral haemorrhage in the right side of his brain. He was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) after the surgery.

At the time of the statement, which was issued at 6 p.m. yesterday, the victim was in a coma and in critical condition.

Chan’s statement said that the victim and the suspect are friends. Both have years of experience in sparring matches, and both have participated in many boxing competitions, some of which they won. The victim took the initiative to ask the suspect for a sparring session a few days before the incident.

Both agreed to meet last Monday afternoon at a boxing gym in Taipa for sparring, and a qualified coach monitored the fight. About seven minutes after the fight had started, the suspect hit the victim’s left cheek, after which the victim immediately sat down. The coach immediately stopped the fight. Soon afterwards, the victim suddenly fainted while resting next to the boxing ring. Someone at the scene immediately called the police and the victim was rushed to the public hospital in an ambulance by firefighters.

After questioning witnesses and scrutinising the boxing gym’s CCTV, PJ officers confirmed that the two boxers agreed before the fight to wear only mouth guards, boxing gloves and foot protectors. Neither wore headgear, even though they knew that boxing is a very dangerous sport, the statement said.

Under questioning, the suspect admitted that neither of them put on enough protective gear for the sparring session, which seriously injured his friend, according to Chan’s statement.

The suspect was transferred to the Public Prosecutions Office (MP) last Wednesday, facing a grievous bodily harm charge according to Macau Penal Code No. 138.

An examining magistrate ordered the suspect to pay 10,000 pataca bail and to report to the police every 15 days, according to Chan’s statement. 

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