A 10-year-old school prefect has been arrested on suspicion of blackmail.
He is free on bail and police investigations are continuing, Apple Daily reports.
The arrest stemmed from a complaint that he and three other senior students coerced a seven-year-old boy into forking over HK$1,000 (US$129) in exchange for their silence over his behavior.
The group threatened to report him to school authorities, saying he could end up with a demerit on his record, according to the report.
The boy rustled up HK$1,000 by stealing from his elder brother’s savings and from his mother’s purse.
The mother uncovered the theft when her elder son complained about his missing red packet money.
Mother and son brought the matter to school authorities.
But realizing the seriousness of the alleged offense, she decided to file a police report with the help of a social worker, Headline Daily reports.
She had spoken to the prefect’s mother who said her son would do no such thing.
The incident occurred in a Tin Shui Wai primary school in early July when the group brought the seven-year-old to a quiet corner of the campus.
They told him his behavior could cause him demerits and stain his school record, investigators said.
The group demanded HK$5,000 in exchange for their cooperation.
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