Nine people were convicted of rioting in Tsim Sha Tsui during the social unrest by the district court on Saturday, and only one defendant was acquitted of the charge.
A total of 10 people were charged with rioting on Nathan Road between Austin Road and Humphreys Avenue in Tsim Sha Shui on August 11, 2019.
They are student Lau Wai-wing, 21, mechanic Kwok Ka-fai, 23, student Cheung Man-chun, 19, student Heather Leung Cheuk-wah, 24, delivery boy Wong Yik -wai, 22 years old, Leung Chun-wai, 26 years old. , Ng Siu-kan, 31, Wai Ting-ting, 27, Cheuk Lai-hing, 25, and Anna Poon Wai-man, 43.
Only Leung Chun-wai was acquitted of the charge, while the others were all found guilty by Judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong.
The nine of them will be remanded in custody until their sentences are handed down on March 5, as Yau needs time to read the mitigating documents.
Yau pointed out that a riot took place in Tsim Sha Tsui from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. that day, and that police pushed south after warning protesters around 7:30 p.m. After a few minutes, Lau, Kwok, Cheung, Heather Leung and Wong were arrested by police on Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard, while Ng, Wai, Cheuk and Poon were picked up near Mira Place, Yau said.
They had to know that they had to leave the scene as soon as possible if they did not want to be identified as having taken part in the riot. Yet, according to Yau, they were present at the scene, knowing there was a riot and having had sufficient time and opportunity to leave the scene.
Yau also noted that the nine defendants wore equipment such as helmets, respirators, gloves and goggles, and some even possessed laser pointers. The only reasonable inference was that they intended to participate in the riot and support other rioters at the scene who were throwing Molotov cocktails and throwing bricks, he continued.
As for Leung Chun-wai, Yau found it suspicious that he was carrying a respirator and salt water in his backpack when the police arrested him.
Nonetheless, Yau accepted testimony from a witness called by the defense, saying he was not present at the riot at “critical times” and that most of the crowds on Nathan Road and Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard s were scattered when Leung was arrested. Therefore, Leung was found not guilty of the charge.