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Student jailed for hitting police with selfie stick

2020-06-30 HKT 14:26
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  • The magistrate said Chan Yi-chun's injuries were not the result of excessive force by the police as he claimed, but self-inflicted wounds due to his violent resistance. File photo: RTHK
    The magistrate said Chan Yi-chun's injuries were not the result of excessive force by the police as he claimed, but self-inflicted wounds due to his violent resistance. File photo: RTHK
A 19-year-old student was jailed for 10 months on Tuesday for hitting a police officer with a selfie-stick during a protest last year and resisting arrest.

Eastern Court heard that police were mounting a clearance operation in North Point on the evening of September 15 when Chan Yi-chun used a selfie stick to strike an officer who was chasing after protesters.

The student admitted this in court, with his legal team arguing he was just an onlooker and not a protester, and that he had acted on impulse without thinking about the consequences.

Chan said he was remorseful and would never do anything unacceptable to society again in the future.

He denied resisting arrest, saying he was in too much pain after being beaten by police and hit with pepper spray.

But the magistrate found the teenager guilty of this charge, ruling that Chan's bloodied face after the arrest was not the result of excessive force by the police as the teenager claimed, but self-inflicted injuries due to his violent resistance.