Date
25 March 2017
A Kwun Tong magistrate's court has set an Aug. 30 sentencing for two teenage boys who stole a smartphone from a woman in what prosecutors say was a staged robbery. Photo: RTHK
A Kwun Tong magistrate's court has set an Aug. 30 sentencing for two teenage boys who stole a smartphone from a woman in what prosecutors say was a staged robbery. Photo: RTHK

Teens plead guilty to robbery in mugging of a woman

Two teenage boys pleaded guilty to robbery in the theft of a smartphone and a mobile SIM card worth HK$8,000 (HK$1,030).

Another teen defendant pleaded not guilty.

He was released on HK$5,000 bail plus HK$1,000 surety on his father. 

The three, aged 15 to 16, appeared before a Kwun Tong magistrate’s court on Tuesday, each charged with one count of theft stemming from a June 4 mugging of a 32-year-old woman, surnamed Chan, and her young children.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 30, pending a report from a probation officer.

The court heard that Chan was walking with her eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter on the evening of June 4 when they were accosted by the defendants in Po Kong Village Road in Diamond Hill.

The suspects bumped the girl, knocking her to the ground, and pretended to help the woman call an ambulance.

When the woman took out her iPhone 6, the suspects grabbed it and ran off. One of them acted as a lookout.

Police arrested one of the suspects that night and recovered the smartphone. He led them to his accomplices.

Prosecutors said it was a staged robbery.

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