19-year-old student jailed for selfie-stick assault

Local | 30 Jun 2020 3:14 pm

A 19-year-old student was jailed for 10 months today for hitting a police officer with a selfie-stick during a protest last year and resisting arrest, RTHK reports.

Eastern Court heard that police were mounting a clearance operation in North Point on the evening of September 15 when Chan Yi-chun used a selfie stick to strike an officer who was pursuing protesters.

The student admitted this in court, with his legal team arguing he was just an onlooker and not a protester, and that he had acted on impulse without thinking about the consequences.

Chan said he was remorseful and would never do anything unacceptable to society again in the future.

He denied resisting arrest, saying he was in too much pain after being beaten by police and hit with pepper spray.

But the magistrate found the teenager guilty of this charge, ruling that Chan's bloodied face after the arrest was not the result of excessive force by the police as the teenager claimed, but self-inflicted injuries due to his violent resistance.

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