Ex-Shue Yan uni student leader Joe Yeung convicted of arsonLocal | 2 Mar 2017 12:42 pm
A former student leader has been convicted of setting alight a rubbish bin in the Legco protest area in late 2015.
Joe Yeung is a former president of Shue Yan University's student union.
A co-defendant, Ip Cheuk-yin, earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson at the District Court. He admitted to being the lookout in the case.
The rubbish bin at Legco’s protest area was set alight in the evening of December 9 two years ago – the day when legislators were supposed to discuss the controversial Copyright Amendment Bill. However, that meeting was cut short due to a lack of quorum.
Deputy judge Lily Wong said key witnesses told the court that Yeung asked others to buy newspapers and rubbing alcohol and bring them to the area.
She said even though the defendant was wearing a mask and a knitted hat at the time, the witnesses could not have mistaken him as another person.
The judge said while it was others who planted a small portable gas cylinder that caused the bin explosion, Yeung was also in the vicinity at that time. And so she convicted him of taking part in the arson.
Yeung, who used to be part of the auxiliary police force, also took part in the pro-democracy Occupy Movement in 2014.-RTHK