Sham Shui Po man tried to kill stepdaughter, court hears
A decorator tried to kill his stepdaughter after he found out that his wife had been lying to him that the adult daughter was her niece, the High Court heard on Tuesday.
Lee Wo-ping, 31, attacked Luo Dandan, 19, also because he was angry that his wife did not take care of their eight-year-old son.
He pleaded guilty to attempting to murder Luo in her Sham Shui Po flat on February 7 last year, about two months after he found out the true nature of their relationship.
The court heard that Lee married his wife in 2005, about two years after she was divorced. Luo moved from the mainland to Hong Kong in 2011 on a single-way permit and had been described by the wife as her niece. The relationship was kept under wraps until Luo revealed it to Lee in December last year.
“He attacked the victim because he was angry that the victim’s mother did not take care of his son. At the same time, he was also angry that [the wife] did not tell him the truth that the victim was her daughter,” prosecutor Newman Wong said in the Court of First Instance.
The court heard that on February 7 last year, Lee went to Luo’s flat asking her about his wife.
After the victim told Lee that her mother was in the mainland, the defendant suddenly attacked Luo, the prosecutor said.
He pulled the victim’s hair and cut her neck with a cutter.
Luo tried in vain to escape. Believing that she would be killed, she pleaded Lee to allow her to write a letter, the court heard.
The court heard that Lee had told police his stepdaughter tried to kill herself by cutting her wrist. But the prosecutor said the victim was trying to buy time by cutting her wrist lightly with an eye brow trimmer.
Lee had tried to kill his stepdaughter by stabbing her four times in the stomach with a fruit knife. Lee then checked Luo’s pulse, cleaned up blood stains in the flat and put the letter written by Luo by her side before he left the flat. He also took away her mobile phone so that she could not call the police, the court heard.
The victim waited five minutes before leaving the flat to cry for help. A neighbour called the police.
The victim spent 11 days in hospital for the injuries she sustained, which a doctor said could have been potentially fatal, the court heard.
Lee was arrested on April 24 when he returned from the mainland to Hong Kong through Lo Wu immigration checkpoint.
Lee said he injured the victim on momentary impulse and expressed remorse.
He told police that he only wanted to hurt the victim slightly and he felt confused during the attack. Lee said he had been drinking beer and had taken some medicine.
Mr Justice Louis Tong Po-sun adjourned sentencing to December 17, pending a psychiatric, a psychological and a social welfare report on Lee.