Trio gets month in jail for attack over alleged affair

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 October, 2013, 4:44am

Three men were handed one-month prison terms yesterday for conspiring to beat up a former Yan Chai Hospital chairman over an alleged extramarital affair.

The defendants, Kwok Ming-kwong, 25, Tam Chuen-pan, 23, and Cheng Kwok-keung, 28, were sentenced for conspiracy to common assault after they admitted planning an ambush on Wilfred Ng Sau-kei in the car park of his Cheung Sha Wan office in July.

The case was complicated by the fact that Ng, 48, did actually suffer an attack in that car park, on June 24, one week before the trio were arrested.

In that attack, three men in surgical masks were said to have laid in ambush and beaten Ng for 10 seconds, causing injuries to his forehead and face.

Ng told police he had heard one of the attackers shout: "Do not mess with my wife any more."

Earlier in Kowloon City Court, all three defendants denied being part of the June attack, but pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit one in July. Kwok said he was paid HK$6,000 to beat up the driver of a vehicle with the numbers "11" on its licence plate and had recruited Tam and Cheng to help him.

On July 3, Ng was walking to his car when he saw the trio approach him.

The men turned around and aborted the attack, but were detained by police who had been lying in wait for them.

Transport Department data revealed the vehicle "AV11" was registered with a company called Fidelity Garment Manufactory, where Ng was a shareholder and director.

Defence lawyers said their clients had expressed remorse.

Special magistrate Chu Chung-keung reduced their sentences by a third from the starting point of a month and a half.

Ng has been director of Fidelity Garment since October 1985 and is also linked to several other organisations, including the publicly listed China Renji Medical Group and Viva China Holdings.

He is rumoured to have been romantically linked to several past winners of the Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant.