Hong Kong teen accused of snatching police officer’s gun denied bail

Chris Lau

A 16-year-old student accused of snatching a police officer’s shotgun during a rally at a shopping centre over the weekend was denied bail on Monday.

Chan Chun-hin was brought to Fanling Magistrates’ Court two days after he was apprehended at Landmark North shopping centre in Sheung Shui, where protesters gathered to demonstrate against parallel traders and shoppers from mainland China in the bordering district.

He faced one count of assaulting a police officer, who was identified as X in the court, and one count of resisting another officer, Y, at a bridge outside the mall. He was also charged with robbery for snatching an officer’s gun.

It is alleged that Chan hit X in the chest three times on Saturday, prompting X and Y to give chase. He then fled inside the mall and during the ensuing struggle, allegedly grabbed Y’s shotgun and pulled its trigger three times.

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Chan was not required to make a plea, as acting principal magistrate Don So Man-lung adjourned the case until March 23 next year for police investigation.

Prosecutors said police would conduct forensic examination on the blood found at the scene, check his mobile phone and inspect video footage.

His lawyer applied for bail on his behalf, which was turned down.

At Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court, four other students aged 14 to 2 were charged on Monday over an anti-government protest at Telford Plaza in Kowloon Bay on the same day.

Yim Cheuk-kin, 14, Yeung Kit-long, 20, and Mak Tsz-hei, 16, faced one joint count of assaulting a police sergeant, while Jeff Yau Chak, 16, was charged with assaulting a police constable. Yim turned up in the court with a bandage on his forehead.

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All four were granted bail, but were barred from setting foot in the mall and leaving Hong Kong. Their case was adjourned until February 24.

In another case on Monday, health care assistant Ng King-sum had his charge dropped at Eastern Magistrates’ Court after prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence.

He was arrested in Wan Chai on November 2 with a spanner and a hexagonal key and was charged with possessing an instrument fit for unlawful purposes.

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