A Hong Kong bank manager who admitted to shining laser beams at a police station near his residence out of impulse has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service over weaponry offences.
Kwok Fu-wah, 37, has been spared jail in Kwun Tong Court for carrying two laser pointers at King Lam Estate in Tseung Kwan O, where he lives, on New Year’s Day.
He was said to have shone flashlights at police vehicles and officers who stood guard at the entrance of Tseung Kwan O Police Station at 10.30pm from the rear staircase on the 10th floor of King Nam House.
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Prosecutors said the act of harassment had prevented an auxiliary constable, who was at the station’s entrance, from carrying out his duties, but no officers had been injured.
Kwok was subsequently arrested that night, with his two laser pointers seized by police. An examination later found the two devices could cause ocular damage if the eyes were directly exposed to the laser beam within 60m.
He was initially charged with possessing offensive weapons in a public place – violating Section 33 of the Public Order Ordinance – which is punishable by a jail term for defendants aged 25 or above.
He pleaded guilty to a diminished charge of similar nature listed in Section 17 of the Summary Offences Ordinance, after prosecutors downgraded their allegation and allowed the court to pass a non-custodial sentence. Prosecutors did not elaborate on the reason for the change.
On Thursday, Principal Magistrate Ivy Chui Yee-mei ordered Kwok to do 100 hours of unpaid community work in light of his remorse and good background.
At Eastern Court, an anti-government protester was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing after he was convicted of carrying weapons and a walkie-talkie without a licence during a citywide demonstration on November 11.
Chiu Chun-yin, 22, was caught carrying a baton, a bottle of pepper spray, a rod containing firework ingredients, and the walkie-talkie, after he was subdued by police outside Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai for allegedly attacking a sergeant.
Magistrate Stephanie Tsui May-har found Chui guilty to two counts of possessing offensive weapons in a public place and one count of unlicensed possession of radiocommunications apparatus, but acquitted him of assaulting a police officer after ruling that no police witnesses were able to identify the weapon used by the defendant in the alleged attack.
Chui will be sentenced on August 6 pending a detention centre report.
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