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Criminal Justice


FADE IN.

INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY

Sitting on a sofa, PETER watches TV news. SOMEONE (70s) is being interviewed.

PETER (V.O.)

It's shocking to hear that

these student rioters

kettled inside the Polytechnic

University have never

thought about that they've

to face justice.

Peter then watches a video clip in his phone

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

These so-called volunteers

who have been aiding the

people in black throughout

confess that they didn't

want to be sidelined in

the riots.

The scenes on TV capture Peter's attention again. He sees masked YOUNG GIRLS in school uniforms obstructing train doors.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

What a shame to them

and to their school.

Peter then watches another video clip in his phone. He sees an unmasked WOMAN insisting to throw a traffic cone on the road to obstruct traffic, despite being prevented by other citizens.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

She's a civil servant?

Peter shakes his head sideways.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Who do think they're?

Even if they're somebody,

no one is above the law.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

They and many others

might not have any concept

of law, but ordinary

people have public

morals. If they're honest

and refrain from violence,

they're generally on

the right side of the law.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

If ignorance of the law

a good defence, there

won't be order and

peace in society.

INT. SWIMMING POOL - NIGHT

Exiting the gate, Peter is still wet-haired.

PETER (V.O.)

I'm glad that the public

facility has returned to

normal, although the

Police's kettling of the

rioters in the Polytechnic

University isn't over

yet.

EXT. ROAD - NIGHT

As he is walking, Peter is also watching a video clip in his phone.

PETER (V.O.)

Those leading from

behind have surfaced!

They appeal to those

in the same basket -

haven't been caught

by the Police - to save

the other criminals

trapped inside the

Polytechnic University.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

They frame the criminals

as students - the future

of Hong Kong. If they're

students, they've become

criminals. If they're the

future of Hong Kong,

it'll be hell.

Peter examines the CHARACTERS on the screen speaking.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Even if there isn't any

explicit agreement among

them, there is a tacit

agreement. They look

so ugly.

INT. SITTING ROOM - NIGHT

As he is watching TV news, Peter checks his phone messages from time to time.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, someone is

going to complain

against that civil

servant who committed

the crime of public

nuisance.

Then, the TV news anchor's report on the TV screen gets Peter's attention.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

The school says those

uniformed girls obstructing

train doors will get

demerits. That's the right

approach so that they

would know they've done

wrong.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Further, they spoke foul

language so naturally.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

If they think that they're

students, under 18 and

can do whatever they

like, they're very

wrong. Only a child

under the age of 10

can't be guilty of any

criminal offence.

Reflecting.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

The legal presumption

is quite right. Despite

the thousands of arrests

in the 2019 riots, no one

was under the age of

10.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

For child criminals under

14, and young criminals

under 16, there're special

criminal procedures

under the Juvenile Offenders

Ordinance. They're

criminals nonetheless.

In law, there aren't any

criminal exemption for offenders under 18.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

More importantly, the

student status is no

shield to criminal

responsibility.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Few could perceive that

I'm also conversant with

criminal justice!

Peter smiles.

FADE OUT. The End

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