Man accused of attacking media boss with metal bars appears in court

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 May, 2014, 4:14am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 May, 2014, 4:14am

One of three people alleged to have used metal bars to attack two executives of a planned new Chinese-language newspaper appeared in Kowloon City Court yesterday.

Chung Wai-chung, 22, entered no plea to one count of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

He is accused of attacking Lei Iun-han, 46, outside the Hong Kong Science Museum on Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, on March 19 this year.

Lei is the director and vice-president of the Hong Kong Morning News Media Group. Lam Kin-ming, 54, news controller for the paper, also suffered minor injuries while trying to protect Lei, the court heard.

"It is a serious offence as it is a premeditated crime which happened in broad daylight," the prosecutor said. Two suspects were still at large and the police needed time for further investigation, he added.

The court heard that Lei had gone for lunch with colleagues before the attack. Three men, all wearing caps and surgical masks, suddenly approached her and hit her with metal bars. She suffered minor bruising and tenderness on her face and legs. Lam suffered injuries to his right arm.

The three attackers fled in a private car but a witness reported the car's number to the police. Officers found the car the next day, with masks and gloves inside. One of the gloves had Chung's blood on it and he was arrested on April 29.

The prosecutor said more time was needed to obtain forensic examination results and to hold an identity parade.

Magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen adjourned the case to June 27 for mention. He refused bail to Chung and remanded him in custody.