Judge denies reduced jail term for ex-soldier who hurled entrails at media boss Jimmy Lai ‘to protect Hong Kong’
Judge says ‘strong urge’ to protect Hong Kong is no excuse for behaviour during Occupy protests
In 2015 Yip Wing-chi admitted one count of common assault on Lai, founder of Next Media, and was found guilty of an assault on another protester. He appealed against his 15-week sentence, arguing it was too long given he was only trying to stop Lai from occupying a street in Admiralty.
Mrs Justice Judianna Barnes Wai-ling rejected his plea for leniency and jailed him immediately.
“Whether those who initiate or take part in Occupy have committed a crime or should be convicted of a crime, et cetera, have to be determined by legal procedures,” she wrote in her judgment.
“Hong Kong upholds the rule of law, and [Yip] cannot proclaim himself as the law enforcer just because he had been a British soldier and boasts a strong urge of protecting Hong Kong.”
Barnes said there would be chaos in society if the court failed to punish ordinary citizens who took the law into their own hands.
She also rejected the appeals of Chan Kwok-hung and Li Siu-lung against their sentences of nine and 18 weeks respectively for the same attack.
Li unsuccessfully appealed against his conviction.
Lai was reading in a tent when he was hit by the bag of offal, staining both his skin and clothes.
Defence lawyers said Yip was at the pro-democracy protest site to search for his son, who was supposed to go and sweep the grave of his mother.
They said Yip lost his temper when he saw Lai, and dismissed the attack as being premeditated.