19 March 2019
Wong Kin-wai was arrested in 2014 for possessing firearms without a license. Photos: NowTV, Internet
Wong Kin-wai was arrested in 2014 for possessing firearms without a license. Photos: NowTV, Internet

Man pleads guilty to three charges in 2014 weapons case

A 40-year-old man pleaded guilty in the Hong Kong High Court Thursday to three charges of possession of firearms and ammunition without a license, in a case that began nearly two years ago.

Wong Kin-wai admitted that he secured arms and ammunition illegally, setting the stage for a jail sentence, Apple Daily reports.

Wong was arrested in June 2014 after police found a cache of firearms and ammunition following a search at his home in Wong Tai Sin.

The haul included 27 air guns, 2 pistols, 2 rifles and more that 8900 rounds of ammunition.

Wong came under scrutiny after airport customs earlier intercepted a suspicious parcel.

On June 27, 2014, staff at the Air Mail Centre Delivery Office saw two bullets fall out from a parcel coming in from the US. The parcel bore the address of a Yoshinoya outlet in Mong Kok. 

On opening the parcel, officials found 137 bullets and a bottle of compressed gas meant for use in air guns.

Following the discovery, the police carried out a sting operation.

An officer pretended to be a postal worker and attempted delivery of the package. As Wong was signing off on the parcel, he was placed under arrest. 

Wong is believed to have collected all his weapons after bringing them in through postal channels. 

According to a police officer, if the items in parcels are wrapped in several layers with aluminum foil, they can sometimes evade detection by X-ray machines.

Wong had been a manager at an outlet of the fast-food chain Yoshinoya.

He joined the Japanese chain in 2002, starting off as assistant store manager before rising to a senior position with the company’s Hong Kong unit.

Wong told the court that he initially played with only air guns. But as he became more fascinated, he began ordering real pistols and rifles from the United States since 2013.

He pleaded for leniency, saying that he never brought the firearms out of his home, and that the guns were not loaded and didn’t pose any threat to the public. 

A judge will deliver a verdict on the case on March 18.

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