He was brought to the District Court for sentencing on Friday by District Court Judge Frankie Yiu. He appeared calm in court, wearing a white shirt, and glancing at his family in the public gallery from time to time. In mitigation, defense attorney Edward Chan said the boy had acted on impulse, and had received proper parental care. His school principal was willing to facilitate his return to study. He called for a shorter-than-usual sentence in a youth rehabilitation center, to allow him to resume his studies as soon as possible.
Judge Yiu replied by commenting that the boy had taken an active part in the protest on the night in question, "even on the front line."