Hong Kong taxi driver given hospital order for attacking three radio hosts

Court accepted diagnosis that he was delusional in suspecting the DJs had hacked his electronic devices and slipped in secret messages to him on air

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 September, 2016, 7:41pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 September, 2016, 9:05pm

A taxi driver who attacked three Commercial Radio disc jockeys was on Thursday placed on a six-month hospital order after a court accepted he was delusional in thinking that they hacked his electronic devices and sent him secret messages on air.

The Kowloon City Court heard Chen Pak-yi, since February, had suspected several DJs of dropping him secret messages on their programmes when they realised his relationship with their colleague Maria Tang could grow romantically.

He believed columnist Chip Tsao was talking about him when he commented on a Chinese character in his name and mentioned dragon, his zodiac sign, on his article. He was convinced popular host Sammy Leung Chi-kin was referring to him when he said “women love only bad men” because he used to abuse cocaine.

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And when Danny So Yiu-chung said “make no delay” on his show, he thought he needed to confront the radio host to find out what that means. But instead he lost control and attacked three other hosts – Lui Siu-ming, Mak Ho-lung and Donald Tong Kim-hong – at a restaurant in Kowloon City that night on June 13.

Earlier this month, Chen asked for a jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to one count of wounding and two of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He denied being delusional as he explained he had reasons to believe the DJs had hacked his phone and computer for secret information on him to make fun of him on their shows.

But psychiatrist Dr Kavin Chow Kit-wan, who gave the diagnosis, said she did not believe there was any hacking as she explained that an ordinary person would not think those messages were about him or her.

She also rejected a defence suggestion that Chen was only being imaginative as she further revealed his belief his victims had been writing to prosecutors to ask for a lenient sentence that will not leave him with a criminal record.