Two protesters against parallel-goods trading who admitted yelling aggressively at a mother and her four-year-old daughter were rebuked on Monday by a magistrate for their "despicable" act. Computer repair technician Chan Bo-kee, 47, also spat water at the victims, Tuen Mun Court heard. Chan and student Kuoc Ho-pan, 16, pleaded guilty to one count each of disorderly conduct in a public place. Magistrate Kelly Shui said the pair were simply bullying a mother and her child during the incident in Tuen Mun in March. "You two did not even consider what kind of people they were. You just found they looked like they were from the mainland and you bullied them," Shui said. The prosecution did not pursue a charge of common assault. Kuoc and Chan were part of a rally called "Restore Sheung Shui" on March 8 and followed fellow protesters to Tuen Mun town centre, the court heard. The group saw people who "looked like mainland visitors" resting in a tunnel under a footbridge and gave them an earful, insisting they return to the mainland, prosecutors said. But Kuoc intercepted the mother and her young daughter on a pavement. Other protesters joined him and demanded aggressively that the woman open her trolley bag for checks. She opened the bag but the group continued shouting. Chan joined in and insulted the mother verbally. He also leaned towards the young girl and spat water at them, soaking their luggage. When the child began to cry, her mother called police, but the yelling went on until officers arrived. After his arrest, Kuoc told police he regretted scolding the mother and child. The defendants said in mitigation that they did all these things out of love for Hong Kong but were in the wrong. Chan also apologised to the victims. The magistrate adjourned sentencing to October 19 pending background reports. Chan was ordered to pay HK$800 compensation to the victims.