Six suspects re-enact acid attack on prosecutor outside court

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 December, 2009, 12:00am

Six men who were allegedly part of a plot to throw acid in the face of a prosecutor outside the District Court in Wan Chai re-enacted the attack yesterday before police.

Fifteen men have been arrested for the crime. The remaining nine suspects are free on bail.

Police cordoned off an area outside the court to reconstruct the crime. A masked man escorted by officers was seen holding a paper cup. He walked towards the staircase at the court's back entrance and splashed water into the air.

The six suspects, who have been charged with conspiracy to throw corrosive fluid with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, will appear in Eastern Court on Wednesday.

Police did not yet know what charge the remaining nine suspects would face, but Superintendent Albert Man Tat-shing of the organised crime and triad bureau expected they would be charged soon. He said earlier that he believed the mastermind had been caught.

The attack happened on October 27 when two men approached prosecutor Neil Mitchell, 52, who was going for lunch, and threw a cup of sulphuric acid in his face. The cornea of one eye was damaged. He was under police protection while in hospital.

Mitchell was in charge of a fraud case involving a lawyer. Kevin Kong Hon-yui was jailed this month for six years for conspiring to deceive the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in a mortgage scam in which two loans totalling more than HK$10.9 million were obtained.