Prosecutor accuses man in parent-stabbing case of 'fake split personality'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 August, 2014, 3:32pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 August, 2014, 5:39pm

A man who claimed that a split identity drove him to make up a plan to kill his parents did not suffer from multiple-personality disorder, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday.

Prosecutor Diane Crebbin said two government doctors who examined Ian Lee Christoffer Fok Lap-yin, 20, after his arrest last year found he did not have the mental illness.

Crebbin was cross-examining Fok, who is accused along with ex-schoolmate Chan Ming-tin, 20, of murdering his father Fok Lai-chi, 50, and attempting to murder his mother Irene Fok.

Fok has pleaded not guilty to both charges but Chan has admitted the murder charge.

Fok previously told the court he found an unknown account with the handle Foxylei911 in his online messenger service, and the account operator had discussed with a friend in November 2012 how to kill his family.

But Crebbin said yesterday: "You deliberately created all those identities to leave an impression to people that you are suffering from multiple personality disorder."

She said the police did not find those accounts and conversations in his computer, nor did his co-defendant Chan mention the messages during the criminal investigation.

She put it to Fok, who said he had researched psychology, that he was making up excuses for his guilt.

Fok disagreed. He claimed the merging of MSN and Skype services in late 2012 might have caused all his MSN accounts and information to disappear.

He told the court he had started using about 15 different MSN accounts to talk to himself when he was about 14 to 15 years old.

But when Fok went to study in Taiwan in mid-2012 he felt relaxed and no longer needed the support of the additional accounts. He gave up his studies in Taiwan after a month in order to spend more time with his girlfriend, the court heard. A month later, Foxylei911 appeared.

In November 2012, he found that Foxylei911 had made up a plan to kill him and his parents because the parents were malevolent agents from a world called Marrowind, the court heard.

Foxylei911 was the leader of an organisation from the same world that had been sent to protect Earth, and was trying to convince the recipient to help with the plan, he said.

Fok said he had been "frightened and angry" after reading the messages and immediately told "the recipient" to forget about them. He did not say who the recipient was.

Fok said he did not touch that account again.

But on March 16 last year, he was "shocked" to "wake up" in the middle of the night to find that the plan had come true.

He claimed he had lost control of himself when he gave Chan a spare key to the family home in Pat Heung, Yuen Long, that night.

He also claimed Foxylei911 did most of the talking while he was being interviewed and filmed by the police.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Peter Line on Monday.