Egg-throwing 'painter' gets 21 months

Local | Staff reporters 27 Nov 2020

An activist nicknamed "Occupy Mongkok painter" was yesterday jailed for 21 months for nine offenses, including throwing eggs at police officers and at the walls of police headquarters.

Pun Ho-chiu, 31, was convicted by Eastern Court magistrate Winnie Lau Yee-wan on all nine charges - one count of taking part in an unauthorized assembly outside police headquarters in Wan Chai on June 21 last year, one of criminal damage for damaging walls and escalators at the headquarters and seven counts of assaulting police officers.

Lau said even though "an egg is not a weapon of mass destruction" and that no one was injured, the court has a responsibility to protect police officers carrying out their duties.

She said Pun played a leading role during the protest on June 21 last year and his actions were both a nuisance and a threat to the public.

Lau also said the yolk and shells from the eggs he threw would stain the exterior of the police headquarters and could damage the elevators, and that the act of throwing eggs at the police station could trigger public dissatisfaction with the police.

Separately, Tuen Mun district councilor Cary Lo Chun-yu was released on bail yesterday after he was arrested for wasting police resources on Wednesday. He is required to report to the police in early December.

Lo's arrest was caused by a Facebook post last Saturday in which he claimed that officers used profanity to threaten him while he was helping protesters on Yuen Long's Fung Yau Street North.

He wrote that when he was brought to Yuen Long police station, he was not given the opportunity to contact a lawyer.

The force countered the allegations in a statement released on Tuesday, in which they said Lo was neither arrested, threatened nor brought to the police station.

A day after the force released the statement, Lo apologized on Facebook and wrote that "some content of the post was inconsistent with reality."

Lo said the post was due to a misunderstanding between him and his assistant - who helped write the post - and that it was deleted after he realized its impact.

The day Lo made the apology, police officers arrested him at his apartment for wasting police resources, chief inspector Michael Law Lai-him said at a press briefing.

"The accusations the arrestee made were very serious, so police attached high importance to it and spent a certain degree of resources on the investigation," Law said. He also urged residents to beware of "fake information spread online."

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