A young unemployed Hong Kong man accused of robbing the same person twice in just over a month of more than HK$1.7million (US$219,000) in total has been denied bail by a court.
Tin Shui Wai resident Fong Chi-lok, 19, faced two charges of robbery at West Kowloon Court on Monday.
The court heard the first robbery took place on November 27, 2019, when Fong allegedly teamed up with Lau Pak-man and another unidentified man to rob Jonathan S. Lee of HK$1.2million in cash at the lobby of Hankow Centre on Ashley Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Fong was accused of robbing Lee again on December 30, 2019 – but with a different group of men, which allegedly included Chow Chi-ho, Cheung Ka-faat, and Cho Hiu-yeung.
On this occasion, Lee reported losing a shoulder bag worth HK$10,000, which had HK$500,000 in cash inside, outside Hankow Centre.
The accused was not required to enter a plea on two counts of robbery, as prosecutors needed more time to investigate and seek legal advice.
He applied for bail through his defence counsel but failed after Principal Magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen heard the prosecution’s objections.
Fong was kept in custody to await his next hearing scheduled on April 6 and 7, at Fanling and Kowloon City Courts respectively.
Robbery is punishable by life in prison upon conviction in Hong Kong.
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