Date
18 January 2017
Former Ming Pao Daily chief editor Kevin Lau (inset) sustained serious injuries during a knife attack last year. The High Court on Friday sentenced Yip Kim-wah and Wong Chi-wah to 19 years in prison for the crime. Photo: DBC
Former Ming Pao Daily chief editor Kevin Lau (inset) sustained serious injuries during a knife attack last year. The High Court on Friday sentenced Yip Kim-wah and Wong Chi-wah to 19 years in prison for the crime. Photo: DBC

Kevin Lau attackers get 19-year jail term

Two men convicted of carrying out the knife attack on former Ming Pao Daily chief editor Kevin Lau last year were sentenced to a 19-year jail term on Friday, public broadcaster RTHK reported.

Yip Kim-wah and Wong Chi-wah were found guilty last week of causing serious bodily harm with intent on Lau as he was going to work on Feb. 26 last year.

In handing out the sentence, High Court Justice Esther Toh condemned the violence inflicted by Yip and Wong on Lau. 

She said the severity of the crime, which was carried out in broad daylight, justified a heavy jail term that must have a deterrent effect.

Although there is no evidence connecting the attack to Lau’s work as a journalist, the judge said Hong Kong enjoys freedom of the press and all journalists are entitled to fair treatment and protection.

She also said the two had no reason to plead for a softer punishment, adding that they had shown no remorse for the cold-blooded action which they did in exchange for money.

Yip and Wong were also sentenced to 12 months in prison for stealing a motorcycle which they used as a getaway vehicle.

Yip was also sentenced to a six-month jail term for stealing a motorcycle license plate.

All the jail terms will be executed simultaneously.

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