Advertising editor jailed for 31 months for throwing seven-kilogram metal rod at cops

17-Jan-2022 Intellasia | Thestandard | 7:32 AM Print This Post

A female advertising editor was on Thursday sentenced to 31 months in jail for throwing an almost seven-kilogram metal rod from the third floor of Times Square to policemen standing on the second floor during a protest in 2020.

District Court Judge Stanley Chan Kwong-chi criticised 36-year-old adverting editor Yeung Ying-hei’s actions to be a challenge against the government’s authority and the power of law enforcements, which may entice others to follow suit.

He also slammed her decision to refuse mitigation as a sign of having no remorse, saying her thoughts of “winning applause with passion” is ridiculous.

Chan said the case was serious even though no one was injured, adding that a deterring sentence is necessary to prevent others from trying to harm law enforcement officers.

Citizens were deeply harmed by riots in 2019, with malls including Time Square being forced to close, Chan said.

Yeung committed her offences on July 1, 2020, one day after the national security law came into effect.

Chan said on that day many people participated in illegal assemblies and the rod Yeung tossed could hit passersby, even if it missed fully armed policemen.

Yeung was convicted of three offences, including intent to assault causing grievous bodily harm, throwing objects from height and theft, after she snatched the rod belonging to cake shop Lady M on the third floor of the mall and threw it at a chief inspector and a sergeant on the second floor of mall.

Chan today sentenced her to two and a half years for the assault, three weeks for throwing the rod and one month for theft.

He ordered her to complete theft sentence separately, while that for the first two offences concurrently, taking her total jail period to 31 months.

Chan also ordered Yeung to pay HK$1,000 as compensation within three months, although Lady M decided not to pursue the damage of the rod.

Yeung’s background report showed she is married and graduated from Lingnan University in 2007.


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