24 October 2016
The High Court considers the case a tragedy and decides to exercise leniency. Photo: HKEJ
The High Court considers the case a tragedy and decides to exercise leniency. Photo: HKEJ

Elderly man who set paralyzed wife on fire jailed for two years

A 61-year-man who set himself and his paralyzed wife on fire during a quarrel has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Judge Albert Wong Sung-hau of the High Court considered the case a tragedy and decided to exercise leniency, Metro Daily reports.

The court heard that the defendant, Wong Yun-cheong, quit his job as restaurant manager 10 years ago to take care of his wife who had suffered a stroke that paralyzed the left side of her body.

They have been married for nearly 40 years.

In the early morning of Aug. 13, 2015, the couple quarreled at their residence in Tseung Kwan O after the wife brought up his extramarital affair more than a decade ago.

Out of anger, Wong splashed turpentine on his wife and himself, and used a lighter to start a fire.

But when he heard her wife scream in pain, Wong put out the fire and called the police.

He was arrested and charged, although his wife forgave him soon after the incident and felt sorry for not understanding the pressure on him.

His sister also testified that he is a very caring husband who always did his best to attend to his wife.

The judge said he believes the defendant did not really want to harm his wife but acted on impulse, and therefore deserves sympathy.

However, in order not to give people the wrong impression that one could get away with inflicting bodily harm on others, the judge decided to sentence him to two years in prison.

But since he has been in custody for 13 months and his jail term can be reduced for good behavior, Wong may be set free by the end of the year, Apple Daily said.

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