A 22-year-old police officer who sold a fake Rolex watch was sentenced to 80 hours of community service at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
Sung Kwok-chu was charged with one count of selling goods to which a forged trade mark was applied. He earlier admitted to the charge.
Last July, he made a post on the website “DC Fever” purporting to sell a Rolex watch for HK$2,400. The Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, suspecting that it was counterfeit, posed as a customer and contacted the defendant. The defendant was arrested at the Quarry Bay station during the arranged exchange.
Magistrate Jason Wan Siu-ming considered plea letters written by the defendant’s supervisor and peers, which said that he was a responsible officer. The magistrate also took into account the remorse expressed by the defendant, and the fact that the case only involved one watch.
He said that a fine could not reflect the seriousness of the case and sentenced the defendant to community service with a low number of hours instead, RTHK reported.