Date
25 May 2017
The Kwun Tong magistrates' court has ordered a middle school boy to undergo counseling after he pleaded guilty to throwing an object from a height. The boy faces final sentencing on April 8. Photo: RTHK
The Kwun Tong magistrates' court has ordered a middle school boy to undergo counseling after he pleaded guilty to throwing an object from a height. The boy faces final sentencing on April 8. Photo: RTHK

Dumbbell-throwing boy told to pay govt for playground damage

A middle school student has been ordered to compensate the government for damage after pleading guilty to throwing an object from a height.

The boy is awaiting final sentencing on April 8, pending an evaluation by social workers, Metro Daily reports.

He is free on HK$5,000 bail.

The case stemmed from an incident in which the defendant hurled a bag from the family flat.

The bag contained two 10-pound dumbbells, magazines and some school materials.

No one was hurt but the impact damaged a playground below the 32nd-floor public housing apartment in Tseung Kwan O.

The incident occurred when the boy lost his temper after being told by his mother to clean up his room, the Kwun Tong magistrates’ court heard.

Court documents showed he had been under stress from a coming exam.

The judge ordered him to pay the government HK$6,000 in damages and undergo psychological counseling.

He is under a court-ordered curfew, pending a report by a probation officer.  

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