Date
19 October 2017
People charge into the Legco building (inset) hours after Wong hang-tat posted messages on hkgolden.com. He said he never expected people to react the way they did. Photo: Wikipedia, Reuters, internet
People charge into the Legco building (inset) hours after Wong hang-tat posted messages on hkgolden.com. He said he never expected people to react the way they did. Photo: Wikipedia, Reuters, internet

Former tech worker faces sentencing over Legco attack

A former technology employee faces sentencing after pleading guilty to inciting others to storm the Legislative Council building during last year’s democracy protests.

Wong hang-tat, then an employee of Hewlett-Packard (Hong Kong), was charged with obtaining access to a computer with intent to commit an offense.

He told a Kwun Tong magistrate’s court Thursday that he posted messages on social media platform hkgolden.com on Nov. 18 in which he urged netizens to attack the Legco building.

Hours later, a group of people charged into the building, breaking windows and glass doors and causing other damage.

Three young men were jailed in August for the attack.

Wong said his actions were meant as a protest against a rumored move to criminalize certain online activities, according to Apple Daily. 

Wong said he never thought people would respond the way they did.

The messages were intercepted by the police through Wong’s IP address.

Wong’s lawyer said his client did not incite violence.

And magistrate Don So agreed that Wong did not act on impulse but failed to consider the consequences of his actions.

Wong was remanded in custody pending sentencing on Oct 29.

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