Shot man should have seen risk: judge

A DRIVER should have known there was a risk he would be shot when he tried to break a police roadblock, a deputy judge said yesterday.

Yeung Wai-shing, 25, was shot twice when police caught a gang trying to steal a $1.5 million Mercedes-Benz on March 28 last year.

John Hemmings, defending, said Yeung spent two months in hospital after being shot in the upper torso and lower abdomen.

He urged leniency because of Yeung's serious mental and physical scars.

Deputy Judge Eccleton jailed Yeung and co-accused Ng Che-hung, 32, for two years for attempted theft, which they had denied.

A third defendant, Chow Kwok-kuen, 32, was sentenced to 16 months for attempted theft and four months for resisting arrest, the terms to run consecutively. He had pleaded guilty.

The judge said all the defendants had gone through a harrowing experience when they came under fire. But the risk of being injured by trying to break the blockade should have been obvious.

Prosecutor Jean Hopkin told the District Court Yeung was in a Honda Accord parked beside a Mercedes which two accomplices were trying to break into in the one-way Tung Fong Street, in Yau Ma Tei.

When police blocked the road, Yeung drove at the blockade and officers opened fire, the court heard.

Dr William Green told the court Yeung suffered frequent nightmares, insomnia and lack of concentration after the incident.

Deputy Judge Eccleton ordered that Yeung receive psychiatric treatmentin jail.