24-year-old female defendant sentenced to 4 months in prison for possession of offensive weapons during Mong Kok riot in 2019


9th December 2022 – (Hong Kong) On the afternoon of 27th October, 2019, demonstrators gathered around Yim Po Fong Street near Argyle Street in Mong Kok. Some rioters blocked the road and damaged public facilities, and many people were arrested later. After a lapse of more than two years, the police re-arrested five men and women and charged them with six counts of possession of offensive weapons and possession of items with intent to damage property. Three of them signed bind-over order and pleaded guilty respectively.

One of the remaining two defendants, a 24-year-old female defendant, Chan Wing-kei also pleaded guilty earlier. She was sentenced to 4 months in prison in Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts.

The magistrate pointed out that the female defendant chose to stay after being warned by the police, and that the items involved in the case were not for daily use. The judge said that she had premeditatedly carried the items with the intention of destroying property, and the court should impose a deterrent penalty of imprisonment.