Two students plead guilty to smashing the Hong Kong Railway: pay 140000 yuan each or go to prison

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 Two students plead guilty to smashing the Hong Kong Railway: pay 140000 yuan each or go to prison


Rioters have repeatedly broken tracks (source: Ta Kung Pao)

Overseas network, Dec. 4 - Hong Kong Railway has repeatedly become the target of mobs. Two 15-year-old and 17-year-old students, in September this year, destroyed a number of facilities in three light rail stations, including ticket vending machines and card shooting machines. The two pleaded guilty earlier. The magistrate yesterday (3 days) reprimanded them for their actions affecting peoples travel, and sentenced them to stay in the rehabilitation center and compensate each other for over 140000 (Hong Kong dollars, the same below) maintenance fees on that day, or their families for compensation. If the compensation is insufficient, the court has the right to replace them with imprisonment.

According to Wen Hui Po and Ta Kung Pao on December 4, the two defendants are Guo Yilang, a 17-year-old second year student of Tunmen Youth College of VTC, and a 15-year-old middle school student. On September 7 this year, they respectively destroyed five ticket machines, seven card shooting machines and twelve CCTV cameras, including destroying the screen of the ticket machine, spraying black paint on the CCTV lens, etc., respectively. The maintenance fee exceeded 280000 yuan. The two men, who earlier admitted three crimes of criminal destruction, have been in custody for nearly three months since they were arrested. They were awaiting trial in the Tuen Mun court yesterday.

The defense pleaded that Guo Yilang, the only son of his family, expressed his ideas in an incorrect way, and was now very sorry. At the same time, he was aware of his recklessness and apologized to the public, hoping that the court would impose a non custodial penalty. As for the 15-year-old defendant, the Defence said that he was a child with a simple mind who only committed the crime because of a momentary impulse. He now has a profound lesson, saying that he will not repeat the crime again.

Zhang Jieyi, acting magistrate, pointed out that due to the young age of the two defendants, when the court originally sentenced them, it was necessary to help them to change their ways and try not to impose detention punishment. However, the case is very serious. Because of their response to the call on the Internet, they jointly commit crimes, such as taking hard objects, painting and other light rail stations to do damage, and wearing masks to cover up their identities, which shows that they have a premeditated crime. Zhang Jieyi said that they knew that the destruction of three light rail stations would affect the public, but they still did so, which can be said to be knowingly committed.

In the opinion of the magistrates, the short-term detention will help the two defendants improve themselves and receive regular training and further education. Generally speaking, people sentenced to rehabilitation centers are required to stay in custody for 3 to 9 months.

Source: Wenhui

It is worth mentioning that after the two defendants pleaded guilty earlier, the magistrate found that the amount of the compensation order may exceed the limit of the law. When reviewing the compensation order yesterday, the two defendants were ultimately maintained to pay more than 140000 yuan each. Under section 98 of the magistrates Ordinance, a magistrate may order compensation of not more than $100000 for a person who has been convicted of an offence and punished. According to the above regulations, the magistrate has no right to order compensation of more than 100000 yuan for single charge, but this case involves three crimes of criminal damage, so he decided to issue compensation orders according to the damage of three crimes, each involving maintenance costs of more than 34000 to more than 55000 yuan, and the total compensation is still more than 140000 yuan.

(function() {(window. Slotbydup = window. Slotbydup| []). Push ({ID: 6374560, container: ssp_, size: 300250, display: inlay fix, async: true});)))); the magistrate ordered that the two persons should pay the compensation to MTR within the same day. Under the magistrates Ordinance, when a magistrate has awarded compensation and has not been paid, he may, in accordance with the relevant provisions, commit the offender to prison and sentence him to imprisonment corresponding to the amount of compensation instead. A lawyer for 17-year-old Guo Yilang said Guos parents were shocked by his sons actions and were willing to make full compensation, while 15-year-olds parents had money with them yesterday and said they would make full compensation to MTR through the court, the report said. The violence in Hong Kong has lasted for more than five months, and Hong Kong Railway has been the target of mobs for many times. Tan Jianzhao, vice chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Railway unions, said earlier that MTR is one of the important means of transport in Hong Kong, but recently the station facilities of MTR have been seriously damaged, affecting the travel of the general public. He stressed that if the public wants to understand the consequences of the destruction of the railway facilities, the parties concerned need to be punished by law and may also bear civil liabilities. Source: editor in charge of overseas website: Wang Ningdou nb12468

The magistrate ordered the two men to pay MTR the compensation within the same day. Under the magistrates Ordinance, when a magistrate has awarded compensation and has not been paid, he may, in accordance with the relevant provisions, commit the offender to prison and sentence him to imprisonment corresponding to the amount of compensation instead.

A lawyer for 17-year-old Guo Yilang said Guos parents were shocked by his sons actions and were willing to make full compensation, while 15-year-olds parents had money with them yesterday and said they would make full compensation to MTR through the court, the report said.

The violence in Hong Kong has lasted for more than five months, and Hong Kong Railway has been the target of mobs for many times. Tan Jianzhao, vice chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Railway unions, said earlier that MTR is one of the important means of transport in Hong Kong, but recently the station facilities of MTR have been seriously damaged, affecting the travel of the general public. He stressed that if the public wants to understand the consequences of the destruction of the railway facilities, the parties concerned need to be punished by law and may also bear civil liabilities.