Date
4 December 2016
Wong Yuk-man (middle) says Hong Kong's court system "has fallen apart" after being handed a two-week jail term for common assault. Photo: HKEJ
Wong Yuk-man (middle) says Hong Kong's court system "has fallen apart" after being handed a two-week jail term for common assault. Photo: HKEJ

Wong Yuk-man to appeal assault conviction

Former legislator Wong Yuk-man has been sentenced to two weeks in jail after he was found guilty of common assault for throwing a glass at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying during a 2014 Legco session.

Wong appeared in Eastern magistrate’s court for sentencing, becoming the first legislator to be handed a jail term for a criminal offense for what he said was a form of protest inside the chamber, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

In sentencing, magistrate Chu Chung-keung cited the case of Derek Chan, secretary general of the League of Social Democrats, who was convicted of common assault for throwing an egg at Financial Secretary John Tsang in 2013.

Chan was jailed for three weeks.

Chu said throwing a glass is more dangerous than throwing an egg at somebody and that the action is uncivilized, which warranted a deterrent penalty. 

Wong showed no remorse and Chu said there were no factors to consider for leniency.

However, given that that Wong’s actions were not premeditated, Chu slashed the sentence to two weeks from three.

Wong said after the ruling that Hong Kong’s court system has “fallen apart” and disagreed with the comparison to Chan’s case.

Wong was granted bail pending an appeal.

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