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Man tells court he robbed convenience store to buy weapons to ‘fight aliens’

Man tells court he robbed convenience store to buy weapons to ‘fight aliens’

A 36-year-old man who suffered psychosis told the District Court that he robbed a convenience store last year so that he could buy weapons and protect the earth from aliens, as he pleaded guilty to a count of robbery on Thursday.
Jobless Chan Ka-kin appeared before Deputy District Judge Katherine Lo Kit-yee this morning, who questioned whether Chan was really affected by psychosis when he committed the crime, as she noted Chan rationally threatened the worker to surrender the cash in the drawer and remained silent after he was arrested.

Chan pleaded guilty to a count of robbery, which alleged him of robbing the worker named Ho of HK$1,800 at the convenience store located at Nam Fung House, Nam Shan Estate in Shek Kei Mei on March 4, 2022.

The court heard that Chan walked into the store around 1 am and brandished a cutter knife in front of Ho. Chan also told Ho: “Give me all the cash you have if you don’t want anyone to get hurt.”

The robbery was filmed by a security camera and Chan was arrested by police at his home six days later (Mar 10).

In court today, Lo mentioned the defense saying Chan heard voices in his head telling him to rob and spend the money on weapons to combat aliens.

Lo continued that Chan behaved rationally when he committed the robbery and questioned whether he was really affected by psychosis.

It also didn’t match with Chan telling a psychiatrist that he was not the same man captured on camera and police had arrested the wrong man, Lo noted.

“If everyone says they have a disease but refuses to be treated and then goes out to commit a crime, the society will be very chaotic,” Lo said.

Lo then adjourned the case to April 20 for sentencing, pending a psychiatrist’s report and a probation report.

Lo added she needs to understand first if handing down a hospital order would benefit Chan and the society, and urged Chan to undergo treatment for his own sake and the greater good.

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