Alleged Mong Kok rioter accused of setting fire to taxi is barred from area along with two others
Three more have movements restricted by court after being charged in connection with Hong Kong’s worst unrest in years
Three more men, including one who allegedly set fire to a taxi, have been barred from entering parts of Mong Kok as they face rioting and arson charges over the Lunar New Year riot.
Designer Yuen Chi-kui, 25, and actor Anthony Ho Kam-sum, 37, were both charged with one count of rioting over their alleged participation on February 8 and 9.
Another man, Yeung Ka-lun, 31, faces the same charge over his alleged involvement on February 9 along with an additional charge of arson for allegedly burning a taxi at the junction of Fa Yuen Street and Soy Street on the same day.
None was required to enter a plea before principal magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen at Kowloon City Court yesterday.
Prosecutor Andy Lo Tin-wai said: “The prosecution does not object to bail but, considering the particulars of the offences, we hope the court will impose appropriate conditions to prevent the defendants reoffending while on bail.”
All three men were granted cash bail of between HK$1,000 and HK$30,000 with the condition that they live in their reported addresses, remain in Hong Kong and refrain from entering parts of Mong Kok except on transport.
Yeung and Ho were further required to regularly report to Yuen Long and Wong Tai Sin police stations respectively.
Yeung, a technician, was also required to surrender his travel documents and obey a curfew from midnight to 5am each day.
Their cases will return to the same court on April 28, pending police investigations and the Department of Justice’s legal advice.
The magistrate reminded the three to report back as required or risk facing a fresh criminal charge.
Police have so far arrested 75 people – 66 men and nine women – in connection with the riot.
The latest prosecutions bring the number to 49, with all but one charged with rioting. The remaining defendant has been charged with a lesser count of taking part in an unlawful assembly.
Rioting is liable to 10 years’ imprisonment upon conviction on indictment, or five years on summary conviction.