Pair who threw eggs at Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong in anti-Occupy Central protest fined HK$3,000 each
Pair argued that the activities of Scholarism convenor had affected the transport sector
Two men were slapped with a HK$3,000 fine each at Kowloon City Court yesterday for throwing eggs at Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong Chi-fung outside the same court building last year.
Li Wong, 27, and Cheung Ka-shing, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of common assault, saying in mitigation that the activities Wong organised during the 79-day Occupy protests last year affected transport businesses.
Both were transport workers at the time.
Passing sentence, Magistrate Dr Eric Cheung Kwan-ming said: "Launching an attack outside a court building is an aggravating factor, but heavy fines will be enough to reflect the seriousness of the offences."
The magistrate fined Li an additional HK$1,500 for breaching a good behaviour bond that was in effect at the time he committed the latest offence on November 27.
Neither defendant was represented by lawyers yesterday. Li is now a dim sum chef, while Cheung works in logistics.
The court heard Wong had been attending his own hearing over an Occupy-related charge of obstructing a bailiff during the authorities' clearance of the Mong Kok protest zone.
The student activist came under attack as he was leaving the court premises with his lawyer, Michael Vidler.
Li and Cheung darted along Argyle Street towards the Hospital Authority building and hurled the eggs, leaving stains on Wong's clothes. They were apprehended near the authority's offices, the court heard.
After learning of the verdict, Wong questioned in a Facebook post if the fines were sufficient to reflect the seriousness of the crime.
He mentioned the case of League of Social Democrats secretary general Derek Chan Tak-cheung, who was jailed late last year for lobbing an egg at Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah at a political forum.