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Hong Kong man who planted needles in bus seats sent for mental assessment

A Hong Kong man who admitted to planting needles in bus seats to hurt passengers because he claimed the drivers were skipping stops has been sent for a mental evaluation.

District judge Frankie Yiu Fun-che on Monday ordered psychiatric and psychological assessments and a background report on Mok Cham-sum, 32, after the unemployed man pleaded guilty to the bizarre crime that injured three passengers and triggered a series of copycat incidents.

The judge asked lawyers for similar cases to help with the sentencing in November, but was told Mok’s case might be the first of its kind in the common law jurisdiction.

Mok faces up to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted wounding with intent and two other counts of criminal damage. Two other similar charges were left on court file.

The District Court heard that Mok, who had been remanded since his arrest in July 2018, admitted under caution to police that he had implanted the needles to hurt passengers because he claimed the buses were bypassing stops.

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