R. v Wong Kwok On And Another

Court:District Court (Hong Kong)
Judgement Number:DCCC39/1972
Judgment Date:11 Jul 1972
DCCC000039/1972 R. v. WONG KWOK ON AND ANOTHER

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF HONG KONG

(CRIMINAL JURISDICTION)

CRIMINAL CASE NO. 39 OF 1972

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Between

Regina

vs

1. WONG Kwok-on

2. WONG Kwok-hung

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Coram: Briggs, J. in Court

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JUDGMENT

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1. The two persons now before the court are brothers, named WONG Kwok-on and WONG Kwok-hung. The former is aged 16 and the latter is aged 22 years. They have both pleaded guilty to the offence of robbery. In addition WONG Kwok-hung, the elder of the two, has pleaded guilty to being in possession of an imitation fire-arm.

2. The facts are simple. The offence occurred on April 7th 1972. At about 7 p.m. on that date the two prisoners entered the premises of the Far East Bank, at Number 1 Nanking Street. The elder brother, the second prisoner, was armed with a starting pistol: the younger brother, with a knife.

3. The younger brother kept guard near the main entrance to the Bank, which is on the ground floor. The elder brother threatened the members of the staff of the Bank who were on duty, with the pistol. And he extracted a large quantity of bank-notes and travelers checks from the drawers of a counter. These were stuffed into a plastic bag which the second prisoner had brought with him for that purpose.

4. The two prisoners then ran off. Then first prisoner following the second. The police were called and some members of the staff of the Bank chased after the younger prisoner. An officer of the C.I.D. who happened to be nearby joined the chase and the younger prisoner was apprehended. He was found to be still in possession of the knife. He confessed his part in the affair at once. He also told the C.I.D. officer, who had been instrumental in his capture, that his elder brother was implicated.

5. The younger brother was living with his parents at the time. And the elder brother was living at an address in Wuhu Street. The police proceeded to that address and arrested the second prisoner. He admitted the offence freely and he assumed the sole responsibility for the offence at once. The starting pistol and the money which had been stolen were recovered from these premises. The money totalled $103,135 in the currency of Hong Kong, and travelers checks to the face value of $7,400 in the currency of the United States of...

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