A West Kowloon magistrates’ court has sentenced a social activist to three months in jail after finding him guilty of attacking former chief executive Leung Chun-ying with an allegedly smelly sandwich last year.
League of Social Democrats chairman Avery Ng Man-yuen, 40, was handed the prison term on Tuesday on one count of common assault to which he pleaded not guilty, Apple Daily reports.
The incident took place on Sept. 4 last year, the day of the Legislative Council election.
As Leung went to a polling station to cast his vote, Ng confronted him and threw a sandwich with rotten fish inside at him. Ng was protesting against Leung’s failure to keep his promise to implement universal retirement protection.
Leung dodged the sandwich, which ended up hitting chief inspector Lau Wing-kwan who was standing behind Leung.
Ng had told the court that Leung had given him a provoking look but Magistrate So Wai-tak criticized Ng for trying to justify his actions.
The magistrate found admissible a video clip presented by the prosecution in which Ng admitted he threw a sandwich at Leung.
So said Ng deserved the penalty because expressing discontent with government policies by using violence must be stopped.
Ng was granted bail pending appeal. He said outside court that the judicial system has become a tool by the government to oppress dissidents.
Ng said he will not be intimidated by any sentence.
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