Man jailed for 27 months for rioting outside police station

Local | 28 Oct 2021 3:23 pm

A 23-year-old man was jailed for 27 months for rioting on Thursday, after he hit the forearm of a cop with a bamboo stick outside Ngau Tau Kok police station during the social unrest. 

Tse Cheuk-wa earlier pleaded guilty to rioting on Wai Yip Street in Kowloon Bay near Ngau Tau Kok police station on August 24, 2019. He was also charged with assaulting a police officer, which was left on the court file. 

When handing down the judgment, deputy district judge Peter Hui Shiu-keung pointed out that there were only around 20 protesters confronting the police. Among them, 10 threw bricks and flashed laser-pointers at the cops without charging at the police's defense line. 

The scene only became chaotic after a chief inspector rushed out and charged at the protesters, Hui noted. 

Tse was subdued within a minute of the beginning of the riot. Hui said Tse only hit the left forearm of a cop with a bamboo stick and did not advocate violence or take a leading role in the riot. 

Therefore only his actions before he was subdued would be taken into account so as to hand down a just and fair judgment. 

Hui also said there was no evidence showing that Tse knew protesters would throw Molotov cocktails. 

He agreed with the defense that no large-scale riot took place and the protest parade on that day had been approved by police, adding that no property damage or casualty was caused. 

The judge believed that Tse did assault the cop, but only because he was under the influence of the societal conditions at that time, and he has since reflected on his wrongdoing. 

Tse's jail term started at 40 months and was reduced to 30 months after he pleaded guilty. The sentence was further reduced by three months as he had no criminal records before.

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