Security guard in court for hurling flower pots from Chai Wan building

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 March, 2014, 3:15am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 March, 2014, 3:15am

A young security guard admitted to tossing flower pots and incense burners from a Chai Wan residential block he was meant to keep safe, to let off steam after a colleague upbraided him in foul language, the Eastern Court heard yesterday.

One of the burners smashed the windscreen of a car parked below, while another almost struck a woman. When arrested in March, Chan Chuen-faat, 19, said he just wanted to have fun.

"It is a security guard's duty to stop people from dropping things from a height, but the defendant as a security guard committed the crime himself," Magistrate David Cheung Chi-wai said, noting that the offence was punishable by up to six months' jail and a HK$10,000 fine.

Chan pleaded guilty to eight counts of allowing things to fall from a height at Ming Wah Dai Ha, A Kung Ngam Road, between January 18 and March 3.

Once, he even called the police himself after having thrown something down. Sentencing is due on March 20.

Chan began hurling objects because of unhappiness at work, his lawyer said.

He first dropped an incense burner in the early hours of January 18. Then between February 27 and 28, he threw two flower pots and another burner - which hit the car below. Chan committed four more offences on March 2 and 3, the last of which led police to him.