Students jailed over uni clash

Local | Maisy Mok 22 Jul 2021

Two tertiary students were yesterday sentenced to jail for rioting at the Chinese University campus two years ago.

District court judge Clement Lee Hing-nin convicted the two of rioting and using face coverings at an unlawful assembly on the Number 2 Bridge and Campus Circuit East at CUHK.

Cheung Chun-ho, 20, an Institute of Vocational Education student, was jailed for four years and six months while Tang Hei-man, 25, a Chinese University student got three years and nine months. They were on trial with two other defendants.

Lee said the scale of the riot on November 12, 2019, was large. Many people threw Molotov cocktails and bricks at the police. "Some of the violent action was directly done by Cheung Chun-ho," he added.

Lee said the sentences given to Cheung and Tang were different as there was no evidence that the latter had committed violence. However, Tang encouraged others to be violent as she stayed at the scene for more than 13 minutes and was dressed and equipped like other protesters.

A third defendant, Chinese University student Chan Hey-hang, was convicted of using a face covering and was sentenced to two months in jail.

The fourth defendant, Polytechnic University student Lee Chun-ho, 25, was found not guilty of rioting and was acquitted.

In a separate case, a 40-year-old warehouse keeper was sentenced to five years in jail after police found 100 liters of petrol at a warehouse where he worked.

Gilbert Ng Wai-ho, 40, pleaded guilty to possessing offensive weapons in a public place and possession with intent to destroy or damage property.

He was intercepted outside Fuk Hi car park in Yuen Long on November 2, 2019, with four Molotov cocktails on him.

Investigations found five jerrycans containing around 100 liters of petrol and an organic mixture in a warehouse in Yuen Long.

District judge Anthony Kwok Kai-on criticized Ng yesterday for "attacking" the rule of law to express his political opinion.

He added that Ng's actions were outrageous in damaging and abusing his employer's trust by turning the warehouse into a site for making, storing and testing dangerous items.

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