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'Bullied' factory worker chopped seven female colleagues in revenge attack on last day

Party to celebrate his departure prompted chopper attack on women, court told

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 April, 2014, 5:19am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 April, 2014, 6:09pm
 

A factory worker attacked seven female colleagues with a chopper after learning they planned to celebrate his last day of work with a party to which he was not invited, a court heard yesterday.

Tsang Chiu-ho, 59, attacked the women on a company bus, first slashing at their heads and then at their hands as they tried to shield themselves. "I was always bullied by those women at work so I took the chance to stab them as it was my last day," Tsang told police after his arrest, the Court of First Instance heard.

Tsang, who pleaded guilty to seven counts of wounding with intent, told the court he had reflected and felt remorse.

Prosecutors said the attack took place on the morning of July 31 last year, after Tsang and 28 other workers boarded a company bus to take them from Tuen Mun to their factory in Tai Po.

I was always bullied by those women so I took the chance to stab them
Tsang Chiu-ho, to police

About 10 minutes into the journey, Tsang produced a chopper and began attacking the women. At first he concentrated on six women, aged 43 to 59, slashing their heads and arms as they tried to defend themselves.

A woman at the front of the bus heard the screams and told the driver to stop. Tsang then attacked her too, shouting "a good dog doesn't block the way". The woman tried to get off the bus but Tsang caught up and slashed the left side of her head.

When Tsang was eventually subdued by a group of male colleagues, he shouted: "Let go of me. I could just jump off the flyover and commit suicide." He told them he had resigned and was angry at the women for arranging a party to celebrate this.

All the victims were taken to Pok Oi Hospital. The woman who asked the bus driver to stop suffered a fractured skull and her scalp was cut. The others suffered slash wounds to their heads and fingers. Most received stitches and were discharged from hospital the same day or the day after.

Judge Esther Toh Lye-ping adjourned sentencing to May 12 for psychiatric reports and a background report. Tsang was remanded in custody.

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