Knifeman shot by police sent to jail
A suicidal knife-wielding man who was shot six times by police at a Wong Tai Sin public housing estate last year was jailed yesterday and ordered to pay compensation to three officers he attacked.
Chan Chun-kit, 20, was convicted in Kwun Tong Court of two charges, one of wounding and one of assault. He was jailed for 22 months and ordered to pay a total of HK$8,000 to the officers, one of whom was cut, while the other two suffered minor injuries.
Deputy Magistrate William Lam Kui-po said it was acceptable for the officers to open fire on 20-year-old Chan Chun-kit in the incident.
Chan did not deserve sympathy and he had asked for what he got, so he had to be jailed immediately, Lam said.
The court heard earlier that Chan had cut a constable's arm with a chopper, with which he had been threatening to commit suicide, when two officers tried to subdue him in a fifth-floor lift lobby at Wang Lok House, Lok Fu Estate, on September 6. The officers fired six shots before subduing Chan.
In court yesterday, Lam said the officers were trying to protect Chan's grandmother and themselves from being hurt, while the officer who was cut was trying to stop Chan from committing suicide. They used their pepper spray against Chan, but still could not subdue him, Lam said.
He said the officers were honest and trustworthy and what they had said in the court was frank and clear.
In a plea for leniency, Chan's lawyer said his client had been critically injured. He was shot in the chest and waist, and had to have one third of a lung removed.
Of the six bullets that hit Chan, one was still lodged in his abdomen and another in his back, the lawyer said. It was lucky he was not in a wheelchair, he added.
The court earlier heard that Chan was diagnosed with poor impulse control at the East Kowloon Psychiatric Centre in August.