Union worker jailed for carrying retractable baton

Hong Kong | 1 Sep 2020 2:23 pm

A trade unionist was sentenced to four months behind bars for possession of offensive weapons during last October’s anti-government protest.

Leo Tang Kin-wah of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of offensive weapons in a public place and possession of offensive weapons with intent, before magistrate Cheng Lim-chi in the Kowloon City Court today.

Leo was stopped and brought back to Mong Kok police station on October 6 last year, during a protest on Waterloo Road. He was searched and was found to be carrying a retractable baton and cable ties.

Magistrate Cheng did not accept Leo’s claim of himself picking up the baton from the streets and carrying it.

The magistrate also measured the baton himself, saying the baton with a length of 50 centimeters carries a certain weight, unlike plastic made batons.

The defense counsel said in mitigation that Leo has no previous criminal records. During his seven years at the union, he had made worked for socially vulnerable groups, helping foreign domestic workers file claims for wages in arrears.


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