Former district rep and inmate land in court over mask mess

Local | Wallis Wang 5 Aug 2021

A former Yuen Long district councillor allegedly conspired to take a mainland-made mask out of a prison after a prisoner complained to him about the Correctional Services Department not providing masks made by inmates, the West Kowloon magistrates' courts heard yesterday.

Willis Fong Ho-hin, 25, and the prisoner, Gilbert Ng Wai-ho, 40, appeared before magistrate Lau Suk-han yesterday on charges of conspiring to carry objects out of Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre without authorization last June 23. Both Fong and Ng pleaded not guilty.

The Prisons Ordinance says anyone who carries unauthorized items out of a prison could be jailed for up to three years and fined HK$2,000.

The prosecution told the court Fong admitted Ng, being held over a protest-related case, gave him a mainland-made mask and a note during a visit by him and his assistant, Choi Hoi-lun, 21.

Ng was said to have admitted giving Fong the mask because he was dissatisfied over inmates being given China-made masks instead of the Correctional Services Industries masks produced by inmates.

Ng, a warehouse keeper, was jailed for five years last month for possessing 100 liters of petrol at a warehouse in November 2019.

In his own defense , Fong said he did not plan to take the mask away, adding the visit was not over when Ng passed him the mask.

The court will hear the closing summary this morning.

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