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‘Bad blood should not migrate to Hong Kong’: man jailed for three years over knife attack at MTR station

Judge says it was wrong for man and one of the victims, both from Indian state of Punjab, to bring their dispute to city

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 February, 2017, 2:16pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 February, 2017, 10:44pm

A man was jailed for three years by the District Court on Thursday over a knife attack on a group of men – one of whom he held a grudge against – on an MTR platform during the evening rush hour.

In passing sentence, judge Amanda Woodcock noted that the attack had taken place in a public place at a very busy time.

“It is totally unacceptable in a civilised society such as ours,” the judge stated, adding: “Bad blood should never migrate to Hong Kong and be played out here.”

Amandip Singh, 30, earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of wounding with intent.

On Tuesday, four others who were tried along with him over the bloody assault were acquitted of the charges of wounding and perverting the course of justice after the court found discrepancies and omissions in the identification procedures.

Four accused of attack inside Hong Kong’s Jordan MTR station walk free from court

During the trial, the court heard that the knife attack took place at Jordan MTR station on September 21, 2015.

Deepak Sangari, Hardeep Singh, Harpal Singh and three others were attacked by nine or 10 South Asians while waiting to board a train to Tsim Sha Tsui.

The attackers were said to have alighted from a Central-bound train before stabbing the trio.

The assault, which happened shortly after 6.30pm, lasted one to two minutes, leaving pools of blood at the scene. The attackers managed to flee before police arrived.

Sangari, Hardeep Singh and Harpal Singh each suffered cut wounds and were admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital before being discharged a few days later.

The three said they recognised only Amandip Singh, whom they had met previously, as one of the assailants.

Amandip Singh surrendered himself at the Kowloon City police station on October 20, 2015, after three others were arrested.

They were all identified by the victims in separate identification parades as being the assailants.

But the identification was challenged by their lawyers during the trial.

On Thursday, barrister Mahinder Panesar, who represented Amandip Singh, told the court that there had been a grudge between her client and Harpal Singh, who are both from Punjab.

She said in mitigation that the victim had forgiven his attacker.

The lawyer said the attack had not been premeditated and that Amandip Singh was acting in self-defence.

But Woodcock said it was “absolutely wrong” for the duo to have brought their dispute to Hong Kong and put others’ lives in danger.

“Luckily, no other members of the public were injured,” the judge said.