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Teenage bus joyriders sentenced

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 February, 2007, 12:00am

Youths took six vehicles, crashing three of them

Two teenagers who went joyriding in stolen public buses 'for fun' received community service and probation terms yesterday.

Decoration worker Wong Ka-chun and student Tsang Tat-ming, both 16, took six buses parked on roadsides or in terminals around Aberdeen on three occasions in December 2005 and crashed three of them, Eastern Court heard.

The pair pleaded guilty earlier to eight charges of criminal damage and taking a vehicle without authority on December 13, 15 and 28 in 2005.

Wong, who acted as the lookout, has to do 180 hours of community service after paying owners Citybus and New World First Bus HK$61,083.70 in repair costs. Tsang, the driver, has been put on 18 months of probation.

Earlier, the court heard that the pair had boarded the buses by using an emergency exit button to open the doors and had been able to switch on the ignition.

They crashed their first stolen bus into a truck parked in front it, while the second was crashed into nearby railings.

They were caught by a plainclothes mobile patrol on the third occasion after police saw a Citybus travelling erratically before hitting the kerb of a roundabout on Aberdeen Praya Road.

Principal magistrate Josiah Lam Wai-kuen said the pair committed serious offences, for which they needed to pay a price. He handed down rehabilitation sentences in view of their remorse and age.

But he warned that they had driven without licence on public roads and they could have harmed other road users and themselves.

The court heard in mitigation that they received favourable reports from their probation officer and had learned their lesson after being remanded for 14 days in jail custody.