Decorator in chopping spree claims mental illness

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:42pm


A decorator who claims to have mental problems due to his use of amphetamines pleaded guilty yesterday to wounding four strangers in a two-day chopping spree in Tseung Kwan O.

After the random attacks by Kwan Ping-wai, 31, all four victims needed hospital treatment, including one whose arm was cut to the bone, the Court of First Instance heard.

Senior public prosecutor Edward Brook said Kwan assaulted the men on the Po Lam and Hau Tak housing estates, in Metro City Plaza II and the Hau Tak Shopping Centre on October 2 and 3 last year.

When arrested, Kwan said he did not know the victims - Lam Hing-nam, 53, Chan Tsz-kit, 18, Tung Kwai-hin, 50, and Wong Chi-hong, 46

'The defendant did not know the victims and did not know why he chopped them,' Brooks said.

Three of the men were attacked while walking, and one was waiting for a bus.

The attack on Chan left the bone in his left arm exposed and he now has limited movement of his hand and fingers.

The other men also sustained wounds to various parts of their bodies.

Kwan told police after they arrested him that he had used a knife he bought at Japan Home Centre, a homewares chain.

Brookes said Kwan told officers who arrived at his flat in the Hau Tak Estate to arrest him: 'Don't talk so much. Those several cases of hacking people with a knife were done by me.'

Kwan claims to have mental and behavioural problems as a result of his use of amphetamines, the court heard.

He has previous convictions for assault, drug and other offences.

Mr Justice Peter Line called for psychiatric reports on Kwan and adjourned the case to August 14.