A 53-year-old mainland Chinese man turned himself in to the police on Tuesday night after causing a flutter at a Hong Kong court earlier in the day when he pulled out a knife and threatened a judge.
The man, surnamed Yu, expressed remorse for his act but it wasn’t enough to save him from arrest on criminal intimidation charges, Apple Daily reports.
Yu, who moved to Hong Kong in 2008 from China’s Fujian province and holds a two-way travel permit, was involved in a shocking incident at the High Court.
At about 9.30 am Tuesday, when judge Wilson Chan Ka-shun was hearing a case in courtroom No. 13, Yu suddenly got up from his seat in a public gallery and made his way toward the former in a threatening manner.
Brandishing a seven-inch knife, the mainlander yelled at the judge in Putonghua: “Lawless! You think I can’t find you?”
Yu hacked the judge’s table with the knife, prompting Chan to immediately go into a room behind the chamber. The court clerk, meanwhile, called the police.
After arriving, policemen took up positions, holding shields and blocking multiple exits in a bid to catch Yu, but he still managed to flee.
Security cameras captured Yu leaving the High Court building in Admiralty at about 10 am. About one-and-a-half-hours later, he showed up at the office of Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting in Sheung Shui seeking the legislator’s help.
Lam was not present in the office at that time, so a staff member took Yu to the Legislative Council so that he could meet up with the lawmaker.
Lam, who is said to have helped Yu in the past with regard to a lawsuit, heard what had happened in the courtroom earlier in the day and convinced Yu to surrender to the police.
Heeding the advice, Yu turned himself in at the Wan Chai Police Station at about 7 pm. He was accompanied by Lam during the trip to the police station.
Admitting to the police that he was the person who pulled out a knife in the High Court that morning, Yu expressed regret for his actions.
He said he reacted violently toward judge Chan following an adverse court ruling earlier in the day.
According to Yu, he flew into a rage after he found out that he lost an appeal to a case, in which he claimed to have been wrongfully beaten by several policemen in Ta Kwu Ling in the New Territories back in 2008.
Chan was the judge who ruled against him in the original trial and denied Yu’s demand for around HK$778,000 to compensate for his physical and mental suffering, Yu said.
According to him, losing the appeal made him liable for a litigation fee of HK$13,175, adding to his fury and leading to the unfortunate incident.
According to Yu, the sharp instrument he brandished in the courtroom was actually a vegetable knife.
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