Bail ruling up after shot teen charged

Top News | Jane Cheung 4 Oct 2019

The court will decide today whether an 18-year-old student shot in the chest and charged with rioting and two counts of assaulting police should be released on bail.

Secondary Five student Tsang Chi-kin was among seven people, aged between 18 and 38, charged with rioting on National Day.

The Tsuen Wan Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College student - the first protester shot by live ammunition since protests broke out in June -was yesterday transferred to a heart and lung division ward from the intensive care unit at Queen Mary Hospital after his condition turned to stable from serious, sources said.

The teenager was shot on Tuesday after he allegedly waved a metal rod at a police officer on Hoi Pa Street.

The bullet pierced through his ribs and lodged in his left lung, prompting urgent surgery. He was previously in critical condition.

Apart from Tsang and two other arrested protesters, four other defendants were charged yesterday with rioting at Sha Tin Magistrates' Courts.

Acting principal magistrate Don So Man-lung released the four on HK$5,000 to HK$10,000 bail. The four were banned from leaving the city and required to report to a police station twice a week.

Cleaner Chan Hang, 38, Polytechnic University student Yau Wang-tat, 26, and Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education students Chan Kam-kwok, 19, and Fung Ching-wah, 21, were each charged with one count of rioting for their actions in Tsuen Wan on Tuesday.

Chan Hang faced an additional charge of arson for setting fire to another person's properties.

The prosecution applied to adjourn the case for police investigation and opposed bail, adding that officers have seized a massive amount of items, including walkie-talkies, helmets, and protective gear.

They said police captured protesters while hurling rocks, hammers and burning items.

Tsang was allegedly beating an officer with a metal rod after hurling bricks. Tsang collapsed after being hit by a live bullet and Yau allegedly tried to pick up the rod wielded by Tsang. Yau was then subdued by police.

Defense lawyers said items seized at the defendants' addresses were not offensive.

"Most of them were only protective gear," a lawyer said.

Responding to the prosecution's claim of Yau picking up a weapon from Tsang, the defense said he acted out of instinct to save the teenager.

So adjourned the case to November 14. He also adjourned the case for programmer Lee Chun-man, 25, and Hong Kong Community College student Kwok Siu-kam, 22, to next Wednesday, once they had been discharged from hospital.

jane.cheung@singtaonewscorp.com

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