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Friday, December 2, 2016, 21:19

Two more jailed for role in Mong Kok riot

By chinadailyasia.com

Two more jailed for role in Mong Kok riot
A rioter throws bricks at police in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, Feb 9, 2016.(Edmond Tang / China Daily)

HONG KONG – The Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced two men to prison for their involvement in the Mong Kok riot in early February, marking the second instance that prison time has been handed down in connection with the violent protest that shocked people from inside and outside the city.

Chan Yu-kei, 20, was jailed for three months for assaulting a police officer in due execution of his duties. And Chan Cheuk-kin, 27, was jailed for 21 days for behaving in a disorderly manner in a public place as he threw a rubbish bin in a main road of Mong Kok when the riot began on Feb 9.

Both are released on HK$10,000 bail, pending an appeal against their conviction

Both are released on HK$10,000 bail, pending an appeal against their conviction.

In handing down the sentence, magistrate Veronica Heung Shuk-han, after hearing mitigation from both defendants, said imprisonment was the proper penalty for the pair for their violent acts on that day.

Earlier, in passing down her verdict on Nov 18, she said Chan Yu-kei, a part-time tutor, was hostile when assaulting the police. If unpunished, it would encourage similar assaults on police officers, and deliver a blow to police morale.

In October, Chan Pak-yeung , 30, was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest by police in the execution of their duties. His application of bail pending appeal was rejected by the court.

The Mong Kok unrest saw 130 people, including 90 police officers, injured when hundreds of masked protesters hurled bricks pried from the pavement and set fires at the rubbish bins on the roadside. Around 70 people were arrested in relation to the disturbances.

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