Boy, 12, is youngest person convicted in Hong Kong protests

Sun Online Desk

22nd November, 2019 11:40:08 printer

Boy, 12, is youngest person convicted in Hong Kong protests


A boy aged 12 has become the youngest person convicted of an offence connected to Hong Kong's anti-government protests, local media say, reports BBC.

The child, who cannot be named, was arrested on his way to school the day after a demonstration in October.

He admitted causing criminal damage by spray-painting slogans on a police station and a metro station, and will be sentenced next month.

There have been more than 5,000 arrests since the protests started in June.

A number of these have been children between the ages of 12 and 15, although this is the first time one of them has been convicted.

Prosecutors told a magistrate's court that a plain-clothes police officer saw the child spray "damn rogue cops" and "divine annihilation, free HK" on the walls of Mong Kok Police Station and Prince Edward MTR station on 3 October.

The officer then followed the boy home and waited outside all night, according to South China Morning Post.

When the child left for school at 07:00 (23:00 GMT) the following morning, the officer intercepted him and conducted a search of his home, where black paint was found.