A 38-year-old man has been sentenced by the Sha Tin Magistrates’ Court to 80 hours of community service for attempting to throw eggs at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying last January.

Adley Tsang Cheuk-him, a former university research assistant and a long-time volunteer at the Samaritan’s suicide prevention hotline service, was earlier found guilty of common assault.

Adley Tsang Cheuk-him.

The court heard that Tsang tried to pelt the Chief Executive with eggs at the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s (HKJC) 130th anniversary event in January 2015, where Leung had been a guest presenting awards. However, one of the eggs hit a HKJC staff member instead. The police later found 40 eggs in his bags.

The counsel for the defence said that the eggs did not hit any government officials and that the defendant’s background and community service report came back positive. It showed that the defendant felt deep remorse for his actions and that there was a low chance of him repeating the offence, RTHK reported.

Sha Tin Magistrate’s Court. Photo: Wikicommons.

The magistrate, however, said that the defendant had admitted to the probation officer that he was unhappy with the person who had been on the stage – that being Leung – and questioned whether he genuinely regretted his actions.

Tsang said that he is considering lodging an appeal and that believed there were political factors behind his arrest, Sing Tao Daily reported.

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.