Man accused of stabbing wants to apologise to police, says lawyer

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 July, 2005, 12:00am

The lawyer for a young man who allegedly critically wounded a police officer by stabbing him in the neck on Tuesday told a court yesterday his client wanted to apologise to the police force.

Liu Chi-yung, 22, appeared at the Kowloon City Court charged with one count of wounding with intent and one count of possession of an offensive weapon.

Liu surrendered after allegedly stabbing police constable Chu Chun-kwok, 30, with a 20cm knife with 'intent to do grievous bodily harm'. The attack took place outside the Po On Road municipal centre in Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, on Tuesday.

During Liu's court appearance yesterday, the duty lawyer representing him told Magistrate Lambert Lee Ka-chai: 'There is something my client wants to say. He wants to apologise to the Hong Kong police.' Liu did not make a statement and no plea was taken.

The prosecution told the court that before the attack on Tuesday, Liu had an argument with his father. He left, allegedly taking the knife with him with the aim of committing a robbery. When Liu was stopped by Constable Chu, he was afraid the officer would find the knife so he struck out with it.

Liu, who has no previous convictions, lives at Po Sheung Tsuen village in Sheung Shui and is unemployed.

Mr Lee adjourned the case to September 15 at the request of the prosecution because police needed more time for investigations. Liu was remanded in custody.

Constable Chu remained in a critical condition at the intensive care unit of the Caritas Medical Centre yesterday.