Chef spared jail for unrest road block

Local | Cissy So 14 Aug 2020

A 32-year-old chef who blocked a Tsing Yi road was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service.

Chan Chi-ming yesterday appeared before West Kowloon court magistrate May Chung Ming-sun for sentencing.

He pleaded guilty last month to obstruction of public place.

"Social service orders are equivalent to imprisonment," Chung said. "It is not a soft sentencing option." On December 4, Chan placed a plastic fence and a road safety light on a roundabout near Ching Yung House, Cheung Ching Estate in Tsing Yi. Police were called to the scene at about 5am and Chan, caught in action, was arrested.

The defense said Chan's probation report was positive, showing he regretted his actions.

"Although the defendant had different opinions on political issues, he still realizes the importance of abiding by the law, and the probation officer recommended the defendant accept an 80-hour social service order," the lawyer said.

"Even though the incident happened early in the morning when there were not many vehicles around, it would still affect public order and people," Chung said.

Taking into account that Chan did not have a criminal record, there was no property damage or casualties and the tools used were not offensive and flammable, Chung accepted the probation officer's suggestion of community service.

The defense also said Chan arrived from the mainland when he was four years old. His parents died when he was young and he has to take care of his younger brother.

Chan would also be compensating HK$50 for the damaged road safety light.

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