The skirmish, which took place in the Sheung Shui neighbourhood in November 2019, was one among dozens that broke out between ideological opponents at the height of Hong Kong’s massive protests.
The defendants made plans to protest together on the day, which showed some level of premeditation, according to the judge.
Earlier media accounts of the Sheung Shui conflict placed blame on both sides, but the judge praised the government loyalists as “unsung heroes” who acted selflessly and courageously when they stood up to the protesters.
The judge said a deterrence sentence was needed, with a minor reduction after considering the duo’s young age and their lack of adult supervision.
The judge also commended the police for being “Asia’s finest” and conducting a thorough investigation into the case.
At trial, defence lawyers argued that the duo were threatened by police to admit responsibility for the death.
In court, police officers denied allegations of coercion or intimidation.
Source: Channel News Asia