Ex-wife gets six years for acid attack

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 May, 2012, 12:00am


A woman who threw acid over her ex-husband in a court building last year was jailed for six years yesterday for 'taking the law into her own hands'.

Wong Yuk-yee, 56, had pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to her 62-year-old former husband at the Family Court in Wan Chai following a hearing over her property rights.

Prosecution documents submitted to the High Court showed Wong, armed with a plastic bottle containing HK$3 worth of toilet-cleaning acid, approached the victim after the hearing and threw it in his face. The attack resulted in him needing a corneal transplant in his left eye.

A lawyer who was next to her husband also suffered minor acid burns to his lips.

'I did splash him,' a prosecution document showed Wong telling police under caution. 'I have nothing to lose in my life.'

She said she felt the law could not help her and there were no other means available to her after she grew suspicious her husband was having an affair, the court heard.

Deputy Judge Anthea Pang Po-kam strongly criticised Wong, saying: 'No one should take the law into his or her own hands.'

Defence counsel Benjamin Chain called it a 'tragic case'. He said the couple had been married for about 30 years.

'The defendant had been making contributions to the family for her whole life,' Chain said, adding that Wong, a mother of three, had risen to a supervisory level in a garment company.