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Nina Wang's nephew describes umbrella attack in court

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 December, 2013, 5:54am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 December, 2013, 5:54am

The sight of a man holding an umbrella on a sunny day alerted the nephew of late billionaire Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum, seconds before four attackers lying in ambush at his workplace in Tsuen Wan pounced on him, the District Court heard.

Kung Ho, 36, said he was bashed by the umbrella in his face and the right side of his mouth. His lips and gums swelled and he suffered pain in his teeth.

Ho turned up in court yesterday flanked by five plain-clothes police officers to give his testimony on the June 7 attack.

He and his wife drove to his office at Nina Tower as usual at about 8.45am, the court heard.

As they crossed the car park to the lift lobby, four men stood in a corner, with one of them holding an umbrella.

"As far as I remembered, it was a sunny day, I paid attention to that man [with the umbrella]," Kung said. "Then all of a sudden, the four men rushed at me and I was bashed with the umbrella."

Abbas Yasir, 32, Malik Zohaib Naeem, 27, Iqbal Pervaiz, 25, and Ravi Dass, 28, are charged with one count of wounding Ho with intent.

Yasir admits to the charge but claims he acted alone. Judge David Dufton has allowed him to dispute that part of the prosecution case. The other three men have pleaded not guilty.

Kung, an estate management executive at the Chinachem Group, said he was holding a bottle of whiskey at the time. He tried to use his hands to cover his face and ward off the blows.

Someone other than the man with the umbrella punched him more than once, the court heard. Kung had never seen any of the attackers before, he said.

The four tried to flee when another group of men came to his aid. The court had earlier heard that plain-clothes officers - not present in court yesterday - had been observing nearby and subdued the attackers.

Kung said the officers found a chair for him to take a rest and gave him a tissue to clean his wound.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Fenton asked Kung to speculate on the reason behind the attack. Defence lawyers objected to the question and Fenton withdrew it.

Kung will continue to give evidence today.



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