- Law Man-chung threw the flag into the air, trampled on it and then threw it into a rubbish bin that was later pushed into a pool
- His case was one of nine that police have investigated since anti-government protests erupted in June
“out of fun” was on Tuesday sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
Sha Tin Court heard Law Man-chung, 21, on September 22 threw a Chinese flag into the air, trampled on it and then threw it into a rubbish bin that was later pushed into a pool.
The air-conditioning apprentice pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of desecrating the national flag, an offence punishable by up to three years jail and a HK$50,000 fine.
Pre-sentencing reports said it was Law’s first offence, and depicted him as a responsible worker supported by his family and employer. The probation officer subsequently recommended Law do 80 to 160 hours of unpaid community service to give back to society and strengthen his civic awareness.
Magistrate Li Chi-ho said the offence was serious, but it was fortunate Law’s case did not involve more dangerous antics such as burning the flag.