A 65-year-old man has been jailed for two months after admitting to waving a razor at high school students taking part in a boycott of classes last month.
Defendant Fu Chu-biu pleaded guilty to one count of wounding during an appearance at Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court this afternoon, RTHK reports.
Fu was filmed waving a razor at students who were boycotting classes on the first week back to school for the academic year.
Teachers at the Cognitio College were stationed outside the school to keep an eye on the boycotting students, and one female teacher sustained an injury during the incident. The court heard that the teacher needed six stitches to her hand.
In mitigation, defense attorney Lambert Lee said that Fu admitted he had acted recklessly, but maintained that he lashed out at the students because he was surrounded by a large number of people in black shirts and got scared, Stand News reports.
The attorney said that although Fu has a criminal record — a rather lengthy one, in fact, with 26 crimes to his name, of which nine involved violence — he hadn’t committed a crime for more than 17 years, actively volunteered, and also looked after his elderly dad, who is 90.
Acting Principal Magistrate Cheung Kit-yee acknowledged that given the current political climate, tensions were high and a lot of people were feeling scared. She also took into account the injuries sustained by the teacher, and the fact that there was no evidence she would become permanently disabled by the cuts.
Taking into account Fu’s guilty plea, she ultimately sentenced him to two months in jail to be served immediately.
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