Ex-restaurant manager admits stabbing stepson with 15cm knife for taking his stool away

Yiu Kong-chung had been aiming for his stepson’s head but knifed him in the abdomen instead before flinging a chair at him

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 December, 2016, 4:16pm
UPDATED : Monday, 12 December, 2016, 4:16pm

A retired restaurant manager on Monday admitted stabbing his stepson twice with a 15cm knife last May in retaliation for taking away his leg rest.

The District Court heard that Yiu Kong-chung, 66, had been aiming for his stepson’s head after retrieving the blade from their kitchen, but ended up stabbing the 27 year old in the abdomen and chest before flinging a wooden chair at his head.

Yao Zhaohua was using his computer inside his bedroom when his stepfather suddenly yanked his hair from behind to begin the assault. Yao grabbed both of Yiu’s hands in an attempt to stop him, and told his 11-year-old stepbrother to seek help from neighbours.

But that did not stop the knife attack that eventually left Yao hospitalised for seven days at Tuen Mun Hospital.

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He suffered a 10cm J-shaped wound across his abdomen, three 6cm transverse cuts extending from his loin to his left buttock, a 4cm wound over his scalp and multiple wounds to his arm and fingers.

Upon arrest, Yiu admitted he had attacked his stepson because he was angry with him for taking away the stool he was using as a leg rest.

He also claimed he had only fetched the knife because Yao was young and armed with a stool, so he needed it to defend himself.

He said he did not know how he had injured his stepson.

On Monday, Yiu pleaded guilty to one count of wounding with intent before judge Stanley Chan Kwong-chi, who questioned why the defendant was not charged with attempted murder.

But prosecutors said the present charge had been decided upon after consideration.

Yiu will be sentenced on January 4, pending a psychological report and his stepson’s latest victim impact assessment.

The court heard he was currently filing for divorce from his wife and that he had previously been in a dispute with his stepson between March and April this year, which ended with police being called.