A young man who took part in a daylight gang attack on a senior triad member in Wan Chai in February was jailed for 13 months.
The victim, Chew Yuk-fat, 56, alias Ko Lo Fat, a member of the Wo On Lok triad, was diagnosed with depression, fear and insomnia four months after being attacked by 10 men at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 4, deputy district judge Kwok Wai-kin was told yesterday.
Warehouse worker Lam Kai-yin, 25, pleaded guilty in the District Court yesterday to one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Chew and one count of acting as a member of a triad society.
Lam's defence counsel Christopher Wong said his client did not know Chew held a senior post in the Wo On Lok until after the attack. Lam had been called by his friend to help out in the assault, he said. Lam only kicked Chew's prosthetic leg once while others beat the victim unconscious.
Lam has previous convictions for violent offences and was released from a detention centre in March 2009. Wong said Lam was not a triad member at the time of the attack, nor received any reward for his participation.
The court heard that one of the attackers picked up a plastic sign and clubbed Chew, causing him to suffer temporary memory loss, delirium, bone fractures and eye injuries. He spent 10 days in Queen Mary Hospital. Lam was arrested two days after the assault.
The judge set Lam's sentence at 24 months but reduced it by a third due to his guilty plea. Lam was given a further three months' cut for his relatively minor role in the attack.
The Wo On Lok, also known as Shui Fong, operates mainly in Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok. It controls several nightclubs, mahjong parlours and massage centres.