One of 12 HK residents who attempted to escape to Taiwan by boat last year sentenced to 42 months in prison for assaulting police officer during riot in 2019

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5th July 2022 – (Hong Kong) Twelve Hong Kong residents were arrested by the mainland coast guard when they were absconding to Taiwan by boat in August last year, and 10 of them have been handed over to Hong Kong from the mainland. One of the men was involved in a riot near the Government Headquarters in Admiralty in September 2019. When the police stopped him, he hit the police officer with a brick on the head four times, causing the police officer wearing a helmet to feel dizzy. The man involved pleaded guilty to rioting and assaulting a police officer in the District Court today (5th) and was jailed for three years and six months.

The Deputy Judge believed that the riots involved affected the international reputation and threatened the personal safety of others at the scene. He also described the defendant’s assault on the police as “brutal and vicious”. The court must protect the frontline police officers and will not condone and appease the attackers, so as not to damage the morale of the police force, hence, the sentence must be deterrent.

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