Judge rebukes rioters convicted of rioting during 2019 protest for submitting letters to plead for leniency

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6th August 2022 – (Hong Kong) On 11th August, 2019, a large number of protesters gathered near ​​Nathan Road outside the Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station and hurled petrol bombs and other objects at the police station, causing burns to the lower limbs of a police officer inside the police station. The police arrested a number of rioters on that day. Among them, 10 men and women were charged with rioting.

2 pleaded guilty in the District Court earlier, 7 were convicted after trial, and 1 was acquitted. The judge heard the pleas of 9 defendants in the district court this morning (6th), expressly intending to start the sentencing with a prison sentence higher than 3 years and 9 months. The sentencing has been adjourned until 19th August while all the defendants continued to be remanded under Correctional custody. The nine defendants who pleaded for leniency today are aged between 17-30. They were each charged with one count of rioting.

The 30-year-old defendant’s lawyer submitted 38 letters to plead for leniency, one of which was written by her friend, who believed that Lee acted out of love for the society and the safety of Hong Kong citizens, and would rather put herself in a dangerous environment. The letter was severely criticised by the judge, who then told the lawyer that it may even cause more harmful effect instead.

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