2 men sentenced to jail over Mong Kok riot

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/12/2 17:27:11

Two men were given jail sentences by Hong Kong Kowloon City Court for their part in Mong Kok riot which took place from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9.

Chan Yu-kei, 20, was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for attacking a police officer, while Chan Cheuk-hin, 28, three weeks' imprisonment for throwing a bin on to Nathan Road.

Veronica Heung, the magistrate, said Chan Cheuk-hin's actions amounted to a challenge to the police, and that Chan Yu-kei was hostile to the officer he attacked. She said jail sentences were the only option in order to discourage people from committing similar offenses.

The two defendants were granted bail of 10,000 Hong Kong dollars (about 1,290 US dollars) each, pending appeal.

Over 90 police officers were injured in a clash with rioters following a clearance operation on illegal hawkers in Mong Kok, a busy commercial district.


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