A villager suffered a heart attack in court yesterday when a judge sentenced him to 12 months' jail for his part in clashes with police during the eviction of Sheung Shui villagers in November. Sze Cho-wing, 44, collapsed in the dock at Fanling Court when Magistrate Lam Kui-po sentenced him for obstructing police and possessing a weapon. Sze had denied the charges. His family, which was in court, broke into tears. The court was adjourned for 30 minutes and an ambulance called. Sze was taken to North District Hospital, where he was in a stable condition last night. Judge Lam handed down two jail terms and four fines to six people involved in clashes with police during the eviction, which was to make way for land resumption, at Shek Wu San Tsuen on November 16. Fourteen people were injured in clashes during which gas cans were hurled at police and iron bars used. North District Council member Sham Wing-kan, 45, was fined $1,500 by the judge for obstructing police. Mr Lam said Sham, who denied the charges, shouted anti-police slogans and provoked the villagers against government officers. 'His presence deterred the officers from carrying out their duty. Mr Sham did not help calm down the crowd as he should. He acted the opposite,' the magistrate said. Another villager, Yuen Wai-man, 35, was sentenced to 20 months for throwing a petrol bomb at police, obstructing them, and possessing a machete. 'He used appalling violence . . . we dare not imagine what would have happened to the officers had the bomb exploded before them,' Mr Lam said. Bernard Yuen Kwok-wah, for Yuen, said his client was suffering liver cancer and appealed for leniency. The magistrate accepted the plea and reduced Yuen's sentence from 23 months to 20. Lai Ming, 26, was fined $2,500, and 34-year-old Chan Sau-nam, $1,300, for obstructing police. They denied the charges. Chan Tit-shing, 50, who pleaded guilty to the same charge, was fined $700. A spokeswoman for the Home Affairs Department said Sham's position as a member of the North District Council would not be affected by the court outcome. Sham said he would continue to fight for the rights of the villagers. 'I have no regret for what I have done. I hope this case can bring the problem of government redevelopment schemes to the public attention,' he said. Sham, a member of the Democratic Party, described the sentences as harsh. He blamed the Government for not providing avenues for the villagers to express their concern. His colleague, Nelson Wong Sing-chi, who was cleared of the same charge, said the Democratic Party would complain to the Ombudsman over the incident. Sze, Sham and Yuen have said they will appeal the decision.