Shot student may plead guilty to rioting

Local | Wallis Wang 9 Oct 2020

A secondary five student who was shot in the chest by police during a protest in Tsuen Wan last October 1 may plead guilty to rioting, the district court heard yesterday.

Tsang Chi-kin would plead guilty if the prosecution and defense reach a consensus on details of his charges, said the prosecution. He is facing three charges: one of rioting and two of attacking police officers.

Tsang, 19, said before the court hearing yesterday that after discussing with his lawyer, he believed pleading guilty would be the best decision for him. He also said he was prepared to go to jail.

Prosecutors told the court that they would negotiate the details of the case with the defense and asked to adjourn the hearing.

Tsang, a student from Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College, was charged with rioting with 27-year-old Yau Wang-tat, a PhD student at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Yau was arrested with Tsang when he went to examine Tsang's wound after he was shot during the National Day protests.

Judge Justin Ko King-sau adjourned the hearing to December 22.

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