Knifing for spite denied

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 March, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 March, 1997, 12:00am

A foreign exchange broker, sacked after losing a client's $600,000 investment, wounded him out of spite, a court heard yesterday.

Kenneth Soon Shiong, 49, denied wounding Chan Pensley Collin, 46, with a Gurkha knife at his Yau Ma Tei home, Judge Peter Surman of the District Court was told.

Mr Chan, a Housing Department architect, testified that in 1993 he and his wife entrusted Soon to invest money but he lost it all.

Mr Chan said Soon had come looking for him last November 5. 'He sat down in the middle of the living room floor. He started creating a lot of noise and making irrational statements' and then attacked him with a Gurkha knife.

Mr Chan said he was wounded when he warded Soon off with his hands.

Soon, representing himself, claimed he had acted out of self-defence after Mr Chan threatened to harm him.

The Crown said Soon had been in Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre since December.

The trial continues today.