A 22-year-old police officer who sold a fake Rolex watch was sentenced to 80 hours of community service at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Sung Kwok-chu was charged with one count of selling goods to which a forged trade mark was applied. He earlier admitted to the charge.

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Last July, he made a post on the website “DC Fever” purporting to sell a Rolex watch for HK$2,400. The Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, suspecting that it was counterfeit, posed as a customer and contacted the defendant. The defendant was arrested at the Quarry Bay station during the arranged exchange.

Magistrate Jason Wan Siu-ming considered plea letters written by the defendant’s supervisor and peers, which said that he was a responsible officer. The magistrate also took into account the remorse expressed by the defendant, and the fact that the case only involved one watch.

He said that a fine could not reflect the seriousness of the case and sentenced the defendant to community service with a low number of hours instead, RTHK 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.