A 33-year-old estate agent was sentenced to 200 hours of community service yesterday after presenting a fake vaccination record to a police officer at a bar in Tsim Sha Tsui last year.
It came after Yim Hok-kan pleaded guilty to knowingly misleading an officer at the Vesper Bar in Knutsford Terrace on November 16.
In passing sentence, Kowloon City Magistrate Stephanie Tsui May-har denounced Yim’s selfishness and disregard for public health.
Yim went to the trouble of preparing a fake vaccination record in case he was questioned by an officer, Tsui said, adding that a harsher sentence was in order.
The court heard earlier that when the bar was inspected around 1.30am, an officer asked Yim to show his vaccination record.
Yim then called his LeaveHomeSafe app but said he hadn’t downloaded the recording of the jab to his phone yet. Instead, Yim offered the officer a “screenshot” of his file.
Dissatisfied, the officer asked Yim to upload his jab file. At this point, Yim admitted the screenshot was fake and he didn’t get the hit. After further questioning, Yim said he learned how to create the fake jab recording online.
By way of mitigation, the defense pointed out that Yim pleaded guilty and showed remorse. They went on to say that Yim received his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine two days after the incident, demonstrating a willingness to atone for his actions.
Additionally, Yim’s uncle wrote a letter of mitigation to the court in which he said his nephew was a motivated and responsible person, adding that the incident stemmed from Yim’s depression due to financial pressures. The defense concluded by appealing to the court for a more lenient community service order.