A Hong Kong guy has confessed to stabbing his ex-spouse outdoor Family Court due to the fact he had now not been allowed to look his daughter for greater than two years.
The High Court heard on Thursday that Chong Hay-chik, 39, used a 23-cm (nine-inch) knife to stab Pang Lin five instances in her stomach earlier than he turned into subdued through security guards out of doors a court in Wanchai Tower on May eight, 2017.
The case triggered the Family Court to decorate its safety later than 12 months, introducing obligatory screenings with the aid of handheld metallic detectors.
For years after the assault, Chong denied that he had tried to homicide his ex-wife, pleading responsible alternatively to an opportunity price of hurting with purpose. Both crimes are punishable via existence imprisonment.
Prosecutor Juliana Chow Hoi-ling stated Chong and Pang were scheduled to wait for court at the afternoon of the attack to study Chong’s utility to lessen baby aid.
When he noticed Pang arriving approximately 12 mins before the listening to, Chong pulled the knife from his pocket and attacked her.
Four guards rushed to seize Chong, and he dropped the knife.
Under warning, Chong admitted to police that he had assaulted Pang because she did no longer permit him to look their daughter. He additionally confessed to preparing the knife through wrapping it with wire and bandages to improve his grip of the weapon.
Pang changed into sent to Queen Mary Hospital, wherein docs located bleeding from her arm and lower lower back, and internal bleeding in her thorax, abdomen and pelvis. She additionally had lacerations to her proper kidney and liver.
According to the court docket, she suffered a collapsed lung and intramuscular hematomas as well as a bone fracture and displacement. The emergency surgical procedure changed into achieved, for the duration of which her kidney became eliminated.
Pang was in intensive take care of four days before she turned into discharged from clinic on May 20.
In mitigation, Chong’s defence recommends Memi Ng discovered that the pair met in Shenzhen in 2011. They had been married in Hong Kong in 2012 and gave beginning to a daughter in August 2013.
The dating became bitter the subsequent 12 months, prompting Chong to transport again along with his dad and mom while their daughter lived with Pang. The pair turned into legally separated in June 2015.
Ng said Chong felt his ex-wife had stolen his daughter because he had now not seen her for the reason that December 2014.
“I haven’t seen my daughter for a long time,” Chong stated when requested to explain his assault. “Perhaps I became too tensed up, too anxious.”
The defence appealed for a lenient sentence, arguing that Chong had committed the offence in a moment of impulse and that he regretted his moves.
Madam Justice Anthea Pang Po-Kam will sentence Chong on July 30, pending reports on his psychological and psychiatric circumstance as well as the victim’s modern-day medical file and impact evaluation.