Retiree faces jail for attacking sister with meat cleaver outside Hong Kong five-star hotel

Elder brother landed blows to head of victim in revenge for her selling their ancestral home without his knowledge

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 2:18pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 8:37pm

A retired man faces jail on Wednesday for attacking his sisterwith a meat cleaver outside a five-star hotel in Hong Kong because she sold their ancestral home without his knowledge 10 years ago.

The District Court heard Chan Bo-hung, 73, held a secret grudge against his sister Chen Fengjin, 65, for nearly a decade because he felt she did not respect her elders.

To teach Chen a lesson, Chan attacked her outside the JW Marriott Hotel in Admiralty when she returned to Hong Kong for a wedding banquet on August 1. She suffered blows to her head and her husband was also wounded. Both have since recovered.

He taught her a lesson, and he should be severely punished for that. You don’t attack somebody to show an example for others.
Judge Sham Siu-man

Judge Sham Siu-man said: “He taught her a lesson, and he should be severely punished for that. You don’t attack somebody to show an example for others.”

Chan earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of wounding. He will be sentenced on Wednesday afternoon.

A psychologist’s report ordered by the court found that Chan’s degree of remorse was “not that deep” as he felt much better after the attack and did not harbour any particular sympathy for his victims.

Defence lawyer Thomas Lee argued that his client did feel remorseful after seeing his family’s reaction, with his children questioning why his conduct was different from what he had taught them.

But the judge said: “To be honest I don’t really care about his attitude towards his children, I care about his attitude towards his offence and the victims.”

Sham was also not convinced that Chan would not harm his sister again as the psychologist had concluded that his chance of reoffending against the same victim was moderate.

“What I heard from you is the defendant thinks he’s right,” he continued. “With that kind of attitude, he should be put away as long as possible.”