Hong Kong student nurse convicted over multiple knife attacks on married ex-boyfriend

Deputy District Court judge does not accept woman’s evidence, saying she was not an honest or reliable witness and she now faces a long jail sentence

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 November, 2016, 7:27pm
UPDATED : Friday, 02 December, 2016, 4:05pm

A student nurse who stabbed her married ex-boyfriend seven times and told his mother that he may not return home in one piece was convicted in the District Court on Thursday.

Kan Woon-tsz, 29, had denied four counts of wounding with intent and another of criminal intimidation, arguing instead that the string of knife attacks was the result of self-defence against Cheng Pak-yiu, 37.

But deputy judge Ko Wai-hung did not accept any of her evidence, after finding she was not an honest or reliable witness.

She will be sentenced on December 1, pending reports.

Multiple letters were submitted in her mitigation.

Defence lawyer Lawrence Lok Ying-kam SC asked for a shorter jail term to give his client a chance to rehabilitate herself. “The defendant regrets her behaviour,” he said.

But the judge said: “A long sentence seems unavoidable because of the seriousness of the offence.”

The court previously heard that Cheng visited the Baptist Hospital School of Nursing student in her Sheung Shui flat on January 12 after their break-up because she was upset. But he testified that their reunion turned ugly as she suddenly stabbed him four times in his chest and back.

Cheng subsequently left the flat and crawled 400 metres to pick up his car, during which she looked on and stabbed him again before she drove him back to Tseung Kwan O , where he lived.

He was stabbed again during and after the lift home, leaving multiple blood stains in his car.

His wife was looking for him for hours after Kan sent photos of Cheng’s clothes hanging in her room.

His mother also called several times, but Kan answered, saying in one call: “I can’t guarantee he can return in one piece.”

Cheng was later sent to Tseung Kwan O Hospital after Kan finally disclosed his whereabouts to his family.

Meanwhile, Kan testified that she was angry with him after discovering on his smartphone his conversations with many women and price information about girls involved in compensated dating. She said their dispute escalated because Cheng got angry over her questions.

The court previously heard the pair broke up last year when Cheng claimed his wife was pregnant, but Kan later realised it was a lie – just before she discovered her own pregnancy. Cheng accompanied her for an abortion but denied he was the father.