Fake-gun teenager sent to training centre

A TEENAGER who prowled a street with a fake gun looking for passers-by to rob was sent to a training centre yesterday.

Deputy Judge Day told the District Court that Hon Ka-po, 17, was intelligent but immature and had fallen into bad company.

He said the teenager, who was in the care of the Social Welfare Department, would benefit from rehabilitation in a training centre.

Hon was earlier found guilty of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit an arrestable offence.

Police caught Hon with the fake Smith and Wesson pistol tucked in his trousers at Yau Ma Tei at 5.30 am on November 6.

Prosecutor Francis Lo said he first told officers he intended to shoot at dogs but later admitted he was planning to rob people, who were taking early morning exercise, to help his father pay the rent.