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Community service ordered for hurling bottle at cops

2020-10-07 HKT 14:53
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  • West Kowloon Magistrates' Court heard that the defendant had learnt  to control her anger and felt regret for her actions. File photo: RTHK
    West Kowloon Magistrates' Court heard that the defendant had learnt to control her anger and felt regret for her actions. File photo: RTHK
A woman has been sentenced to 80 hours of community service for throwing a water bottle at a police car during last year's protests.

Michelle Lai, 27, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of attempted criminal damage.

The defence lawyer told West Kowloon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday that a probation report on Lai was favourable, and the probation officer recommended that 80-hour community service was an appropriate sentence.

The report went on to say that Lai has been seeking psychiatric help, has learnt how to control her anger and impulses, and felt sincere regret for her actions.

Principal magistrate Peter Law accepted the findings of the report and agreed with the probation officer's suggestions.

The incident in question occurred at around 1am on December 16 in Mong Kok. Police had used tear gas on protesters who had gathered in the area.

In the early hours of the morning, police started clearing up roadblocks at the junction between Nathan Road and Soy Street.

Lai was at the scene, but as she left she threw a water bottle at a police car.

She was arrested at the scene, and police found no sign of damage on the car.