Mentally ill man chops noisy women who annoy him

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 December, 2013, 4:29am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 December, 2013, 5:21am

An unemployed, mentally ill man attacked two women with a chopper because they talked too much outside his home, a court was told yesterday.

The attack was so violent it laid one victim's scalp open to the bone.

"These two women were always making noise in front of my door. I told them to stop and they did not do so. So I chopped them," Kot Chung-ming, 31, told police, the Court of First Instance heard.

Before the attack on November 23 last year, Kot had tracked the two women, both aged in their 50s, on his building's closed-circuit television system, prosecutor Liu Yuen-ming said.

He rushed out when they arrived outside his home, attacked them with the chopper and then fled, leaving both with head and hand injuries.

One victim's head wound was so deep that her skull was exposed and some of her fingers were almost severed.

Kot pleaded guilty before Deputy Judge Woo Kwok-hing to two counts of wounding with intent.

The judge adjourned the sentence until January 3 pending psychiatric reports.

The court heard that Kot, who lived alone, loved watching television shows and football matches and became angry when the two women, one of whom lived on the same floor of the Tin Shui Wai public estate, disturbed him.

He had stopped taking the medicine prescribed to control his psychosis and bipolar disorder two weeks earlier, because he felt ill.

Kot called his mother from a temple the day after the attack and she told the police where he was.

Admitting that he had attacked the two women, he told the police that he had heard people talking about him behind his back since 2007.

He suffered from long-term mental illness, the court heard.