A 71-year-old man was sentenced in Eastern Magistrates’ Court to seven days’ jail for common assault on an Occupy Central protester in October, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
Man Ho-chuen, one of the “Uncles of Victoria Park” who often make their pro-government opinions heard at public forums and demonstrations, reportedly grabbed and threw away a yellow ribbon worn by a protester at the Admiralty protest site on Oct. 13.
He was seen jabbing the protester’s throat outside the Bank of China Tower in Admiralty.
Magistrate Lee Shiu-ho said Thursday that Man showed no remorse for his actions and there is a high chance that he will commit a similar crime again, so a jail sentence was necessary.
Man refused to plead for leniency and criticized Lee for not being impartial and instead favoring those people who want to unsettle Hong Kong and make the city independent from China.
He said he is a Chinese Hong Kong man with integrity and will fulfill his responsibilities.
The magistrate warned Man about his comments.
Lee said Man is an expressive person who pays a lot of attention to social issues.
However, Lee said, Man should never be violent to anyone just because the person holds a different view, especially when there was no provocation of any kind.
Told by the magistrate that he could lodge an appeal by himself, Man said, “Never mind, I am an old man” in English.
He was released on HK$500 (HK$64.50) bail pending an appeal.
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