Charges against a 40-year-old father, who was accused of assaulting a four-year-old boy at the Hong Kong Cricket Club, were dropped in the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Frederick Fung Yue-kei, who had been charged with one count of common assault, was bound over for the sum of HK$1,000 (US$127) for one year, Sing Pao reported.

The court heard that on November 25 last year, Fung and his five-year-old daughter were playing in the children’s room at the Hong Kong Cricket Club in Tai Tam on Hong Kong Island.

Fung’s daughter had an argument over toys with a foreign boy aged 4. When the boy walked past Fung and his daughter, Fung allegedly pushed the boy into a corner and elbowed him three times.

The Filipino domestic worker who takes care of the boy witnessed the incident. Three days later, the boy’s mother reported the case to police. After checking surveillance camera footage, staff at the club recognized Fung as a member.

Fung denied attacking the boy when questioned by police. He claimed he only used his body to keep the boy away from them and to avoid him “making my daughter cry” when the boy walked past. He emphasized that he did not use any force to keep the boy away.