Inmate intervened out of a 'sense of justice'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 January, 2011, 12:00am

A maximum security inmate who was allegedly attacked when he tried to stop another man from stabbing a prisoner in the eye with a sharpened toothbrush told a court yesterday that he intervened out of a sense of justice.

Soong Kwok-fai was giving evidence at the trial of Ho Yuk-wun, 51, who is accused of attacking Soong and another prisoner, Mak Siu-wing, on April 20, 2009, at the maximum security Shek Pik Prison on Lantau Island. Ho earlier pleaded not guilty in the District Court to one count of wounding and one of assault.

Soong, who was transferred to Stanley Prison after the incident, said he shouted at Ho when he saw him stabbing Mak, who was having a nap after lunch.

Ho then charged towards him and attacked him. Soong said he grabbed a plastic chair as a shield. The court earlier heard that Mak lost 10 per cent of vision in his left eye and Soong suffered cuts to his face, waist and limbs.

Ho's barrister, Kevin Tang Tsz-kai, referred to Soong's earlier testimony that people were selfish by nature, and asked why he stopped Ho and got into trouble. Soong said: 'Perhaps every man should have some sense of righteousness.'

He told the court that he believed Mak was attacked because he refused to help Ho petition prison authorities to open an indoor area to play soccer on rainy days - the same reason Mak gave in his testimony on Tuesday.

All three inmates have category A status, meaning they are among the most dangerous and violent criminals in the prison system. People entering the courtroom were frisked due to their status.

The trial continues before Judge Albert Wong Sung-hau.