Ex-Hong Kong student leader cleared of offensive weapons charge for laser pointers, found guilty of resisting police in 2019

Former Hong Kong Baptist University student leader Keith Fong, who was arrested in August 2019 after buying 10 laser pointers, has been acquitted of possessing offensive weapons. However, he has been convicted of two other charges linked to his laser pointer purchase.

District Judge Douglas Yau ordered Fong to be remanded into custody on Wednesday, after finding the ex-students’ union president guilty of resisting a police officer during his arrest and perverting the course of justice for resetting his phone before it was seized as evidence on August 6, 2019, during the early months of the anti-extradition bill protests and unrest. The 23 year old will face sentencing on March 3.

Former president of the Hong Kong Baptist University student union Keith Fong photographed outside the District Court on December 6, 2021. Photo: Citizen News.

According to local media, the judge refused to accept the defence’s argument that the laser pointers were bought for stargazing. Yau said the blue light rays emitted from the pointers purchased by Fong were not suitable for looking at the night sky, and the student was also not a member of the university’s stargazing society.

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