Mourner sentenced to 12 weeks for resisting arrest

A 25-year-old man was sentenced to 12 weeks behind bars for engaging in resisting a police officer during a mourning activity for Hong Kong protester Chow Tsz-lok’s death in 2019.

The Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts handed down the judgment today to find Wong Tsz-yeung, the former project executive took participated in an activity at Wong Tai Sin Temple Mall on November 8, 2019, in the memorial of Chow Tsz-lok, a 22-year-old student who died after falling off a car park in Tseung Kwan O during the protest in 2019, the mourning activity then became a confrontation between participants and the police.

During the confrontation, according to the court, Wong was subdued by police at the scene but resisted being handcuffed. Wong was also wearing a face mask and gloves, which proved his premeditated crime, the court determined.

Besides, since his actions may cause imitation by other activity participants at the time and triggered their emotions to exaggerate the situation with more violence, the court sentenced Wong to jail for 12 weeks.

Given Wong’s application for bail pending appeal and the term of the sentence was relatively short, which may allow Wong to finish serving while waiting for the appeal, the magistrate granted his bail.

It is known that Wong graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2019.