Eight years' jail for killing of wife

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 March, 2007, 12:00am

Four children whose father beat their mother to death with a hammer during an argument have forgiven the man for the killing, a court was told.

The children, aged 14, 13, 11 and nine, were in the Court of First Instance yesterday as their father, 56-year-old Ng Tung-mo, was sentenced to eight years in prison for killing his wife last year.

Ng had pleaded not guilty to a single count of murder over the death of 43-year-old Tse Kwai-heung, who died on July 2, four days after she was hit at least five times on the head with a hammer.

A jury found Ng guilty of the reduced charge of provoked manslaughter.

Yesterday's sentencing hearing was delayed for two weeks while reports were prepared into Ng's state of mind and what care arrangements were in place for the children.

Richard Donald, counsel for Ng, said the reports indicated the children had forgiven Ng for the death of their mother and were anxious to have him back home. They had been visiting him often in prison.

Madam Justice Clare-Marie Beeson noted that the children were currently being cared for by the Social Welfare Department.