9th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) 14 individuals involved in a clash near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) during the 2019 anti-extradition protests were sentenced by Deputy Judge Ada Yim at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts. The defendants were convicted of various charges, including unlawful assembly, arising from their actions in the vicinity of the university campus during the period of campus lockdown. The court found all 19 defendants guilty after a trial, with one defendant having pleaded guilty prior to the trial.
Deputy Judge Ada Yim handed down prison sentences ranging from 9 to 14 months for 14 of the defendants, while the remaining individual was sentenced to a period of detention at a rehabilitation centre. Judge Yim emphasised that the case involved a clear element of premeditation and concerted efforts among the defendants, evident from their coordinated use of umbrellas during the clash. The severity of the sentencing took into account the context of the Polytechnic University incident, as the defendants had intended to breach police lines in support of the protesters inside the campus, thereby posing a high level of risk.