A 17-year-old boy has been sentenced to six years in prison for trying to detonate explosives at a police station.
Leung Kwok-hung (not to be confused with a Hong Kong legislator) was just 15 when he tried to set fire to a homemade explosive device in the Aberdeen police station in October 2014, Apple Daily reports.
Prosecutors said Leung, who suffers from anxiety, brought 15 glass tubes filled with combustible powder, with intent to detonate them.
He was shouting he was a failure and wanted to die. Police stopped him before he could ignite the explosives.
High Court Justice Esther Toh said the ruling put her in a “very difficult situation”, according to Sing Tao Daily.
On one hand, she said she had to give the right sentence to protect the public interest, and on the other, she wanted to give the boy a chance at rehab.
Toh described the defendant as intelligent and functional despite his anxiety disorder and would have a constructive life given proper guidance and treatment.
She said the sentence was lenient given that the penalty for the offense is nine years in jail.
Toh ordered correctional officers to make sure he receives proper psychotherapy and counseling in prison.
Boy with anxiety disorder tries to set off police station blast (Oct. 29, 2014)
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