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Friday, November 18, 2016, 00:51

Two guilty for role in Mong Kok riot

By Li Yinze

HONG KONG - Two men were found guilty on Thursday at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court for their involvement in the Mong Kok riot in early February.

Chan Cheuk-hin, a 27-year-old chef, was convicted of behaving in a disorderly manner in a public place, because he threw a rubbish bin into Nathan Road, Mong Kok, in the early morning of Feb 9, when the unrest unfolded.

Two men were found guilty at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court for their involvement in the Mong Kok riot

Chan Yu-kei, 20, was found guilty of assaulting a police officer in the due execution of his duties on Feb 9.

Magistrate Veronica Heung Shuk-han will hand down a sentence on Dec 2.

Heung said Chan Cheuk-hin deliberately charged a police cordon line and threw government property into a main road in Mong Kok. This was in an attempt to disrupt order and obstruct enforcement actions by police.

She said Chan Cheuk-hin, whose behavior made it difficult for police to restore order, had shown no remorse.

She said she would consider a prison sentence for Chan Yu-kei as a deterrent for using violence against police officers.

Heung stressed policemen often have to work in dangerous, difficult circumstances. She said the actions by Chan Yu-kei, if unpunished, could encourage similar assaults on police officers. This would be a severe blow to police morale.

Some 130 people, including 90 police officers, were injured during the riot in February. About 70people were arrested in connection with this unrest.

yinzeli@chinadailyhk.com
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