16-year-old protester sentenced to training center

Local | 28 Jan 2021 6:54 pm

Department of Justice won again in a sentence appeal against young protesters, as a 16-year-old teenager has been ordered to be sent to the correctional services’ training center. 

The defendant, Cheng Tsz-chun, a secondary student, who earlier pleaded guilty to unlawful assembly and possession of offensive weapon, appeared before judge Cheng Lim-chi at Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court today. 

Cheng overthrew his original sentence of one-year probation, saying that the defendant was not remorseful of his action. 

He said the defendant was ‘well-prepared’ for the day the protest happened, including receiving messages related to the protest the night before and disguised himself on the day and carrying risky weapons, such as expandable batons, to the scene. 

The court heard that on December 4 in 2019, the defendant sprayed paint on the windscreen and side-mirrors of a KMB bus at the junction of Ma Tau Wai Road and Tam Kung Road in To Kwa Wan.

He was also found to be in possession of an expandable baton at the scene. 

In a separate case today, a 21-year-old man has been sentenced to three months behind bars.

The defendant, Szeto Ho-sum, who earlier pleaded guilty to possession of offensive weapons after police found two metal rods filled with cement in his belongings near Sha Tin Town Hall in November of 2019. 

He appeared before Magistrate Maggie Poon Man-kay today. 

Upon discretion, the court reduced the eight-month imprisonment proposed by the Department of Justice to a three-month one. 

The Department of Justice said the sentence of ten-day imprisonment earlier was too light.

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