Nina Wang's nephew hit with umbrella in car park ambush, court hears

Gang staked out businessman's workplace, prosecutor says, but police were watching

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 December, 2013, 5:25am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 December, 2013, 5:25am

The nephew of late billionaire Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum was beaten with an umbrella and punched by four men who ambushed him at his workplace, a court heard yesterday.

Abbas Yasir, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of wounding businessman Kung Ho with intent, while three other men - Malik Zohaib Naeem, 27, Iqbal Pervaiz, 25, and Ravi Dass, 28 - all deny the same charge.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Fenton described to the District Court how a gang rushed towards Kung, an executive of Chinachem Group, while the 36-year-old and his wife walked to the lift lobby in the car park of Nina Tower in Tsuen Wan at about 8.45am on June 7. The tower, named after Nina Wang, houses the corporate headquarters of Chinachem.

"[Yasir] bashed the area of [Kung's] mouth with an umbrella held horizontally in his hand," Fenton said.

While Yasir admits his role in the attack, he claims to have acted alone, and Judge David Dufton has given him dispensation to dispute that part of the prosecution case during the trial.

Kung will give evidence today.

In his opening remarks, Fenton also said CCTV footage from the car park showed that when Kung moved away from Yasir after being attacked, he was punched by Naeem and Dass. Plain-clothes police officers who had been observing nearby were then seen intervening.

"Upon seeing the police, the defendants attempted to flee in the direction of the lift lobby, but were subdued and apprehended by the officers," Fenton added.

The court heard that, under caution, Dass had told police he had been at the scene to try to separate Yasir from Kung. But, Fenton said: "Viewing the CCTV footage, it is clear that none of the defendants tried to stop [Yasir] from bashing [Kung].

"It is the prosecution's contention that it would be inconceivable that with such detailed planning, [Yasir] would bring along other persons whom he knew were there to prevent him or hinder him from his goal to assault the victim."

Yasir and Naeem had been seen by police observers near the car park's exit on June 5. A day later, the pair and Pervaiz were seen entering the building.

The trial continues today.