Rioting woman awaits sentence

Local | Jane Cheung 8 Nov 2019

The Mong Kok occupy movement's "female village head," Amy Pat Wai-fan, was convicted on two counts of rioting by the District Court yesterday for her involvement in the 2016 Lunar New Year riot in Mong Kok.

District judge Ernest Lin Kam-hung said although Pat suffers from mild intellectual disability her impairment did not affect her judgment or her behavior.

"She was capable of acknowledging the fact that she was committing a crime," he said.

The court earlier heard that Pat helped protesters to dig bricks and hurl objects at fires on February 9, 2016, and her actions were captured by multiple media footage.

Lin cited Pat's doctor who said Pat had clear concepts of right and wrong and during police interrogation she called fellow protesters whom she passed bricks to as "like-minded" people.

He said Pat knew the protesters' purpose was to attack police officers and even though she did not directly assault officers, she shared the same goal as them. Therefore, she should also face the same criminal consequence.

Lin adjourned the sentencing to November 26 for reports from psychiatrists and probation officers.

Pat was remanded in custody. She chanted a protest slogan, "Five demands, not one less," before she left the dock yesterday.

Pat's lawyer told the court that she did not know the bricks she helped dig were thrown at police officers and she stopped when she knew.

But Lin did not believe her claims and said Pat had been in Mong Kok since 6pm the day before and saw protesters hurling objects at officers.

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