A young Hong Kong man was sentenced to 20 months in jail by a local court on Thursday after he was found guilty of using a pair of scissors to attack his elder brother.
Announcing the ruling, Judge Douglas Yau Tak-hong said the defendant, a 21-year-old named Wong Fu-kit, deserved stiff punishment as he had resorted to violence in a seemingly premeditated manner, buying the scissors in advance.
Still, Yau decided to give some leniency by cutting the prison sentence to 20 months from three years and three months — the starting point of the sentence term — on the ground that the defendant has repaired his relationship with the injured brother, and also because Wong had pleaded guilty.
Another factor that was taken into account was the fact that the defendant’s employer was willing to continuing hiring him, according to the District Court judge.
Wong had been employed as a technician when the attack place on his brother.
In January last year, Wong stabbed his brother in the face and head in a public area in a fit of anger after learning that the brother had scolded Wong’s girlfriend, Apple Daily reports.
Wong told the court that his brother had been addicted to drugs and had, for years, used verbal and physical violence against their mother, causing him to feel very angry but helpless at the same time since he could do nothing about it.
But on Jan. 24, 2018, when he learnt that his brother had openly scolded Wong’s girlfriend, accusing her of ruining the relationship between the brothers, Wong said he couldn’t contain himself and that he just exploded with long accumulated anger.
It is then that he attacked the brother with a pair of scissors, stabbing him in the face and head.
During a trial last month, Wong pleaded guilty to the charge of wounding with intent.
Yau in his ruling noted that conflicts among family members due to crowded living conditions often happen in the densely populated Hong Kong.
Though the Wong case is one such instance, the court cannot afford to sit and do nothing, given that the conflict involved violence, the judge said.
Yau pointed out that using scissors to hurt a person is a serious crime that should be punished, even if the court is compassionate about what had happened in the defendant’s family and had considered how bad the defendant’s elder brother treated the mother.
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