A former Cathay Pacific employee was so angry with a man he saw as his love rival that he stabbed him repeatedly in the stomach with a butterfly knife, the Court of First Instance heard.
Yuri Pang Ching-wai pleaded guilty yesterday to trying to murder Cheung Kwan-kwong in Tsing Yi in March last year.
Pang, 21, admitted stabbing and slashing Cheung, also 21, outside the former's flat at Cheung Hang Estate. He had believed Cheung to be the cause of his break-up with his girlfriend Luk Man-ying.
All three worked for Cathay Pacific, the court heard.
At about 1.30am on March 9, days after Luk, also 21, broke up with Pang, she turned up at his home with Cheung to retrieve some "personal photographs", prosecutor Audrey Campbell-Moffat told the court.
When Pang, who was waiting outside the lift, saw Luk and Cheung together, he asked his former girlfriend who the man was, but she pretended not to know him.
Cheung then remained in the lift as Luk followed Pang into his flat.
In the flat, the two got into a heated argument in which Pang demanded that they get back together.
He became violent with Luk, pushing her to the ground, the court heard.
Upon hearing the woman's scream, Cheung banged on the door to intervene. Pang came out and punched him in the face, the prosecutor said.
Pang then returned into his flat, grabbed a butterfly knife, came out and stabbed Cheung repeatedly in the stomach, saying: "Why don't you go to hell?"
He also slashed his victim in the neck, inflicting a 2.5cm-deep wound, the court heard.
When Pang went back into the flat once more, Luk and Cheung separately called the police.
Officers arrived while Pang and Cheung were in the midst of another struggle in which Pang was heard declaring to Cheung, "I'm going to kill you," Campbell-Moffat said.
Upon his arrest, the court heard, Pang reportedly told the police: "Ah sir, it's done by me. You may kill me."
Cheung was taken to hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery and remained for a week. He suffered serious injuries to his face, neck, chest, arms and abdomen, the court was told.
Campbell-Moffat said Pang revealed that he acted as he did because he was furious Luk had fallen in love with Cheung.
"This is something he had thought about previously because he had known how Luk felt about Cheung," the prosecutor told the court.
But Campbell-Moffat clarified that Luk had only been "friendly" with Cheung at the time of the attack.
She had not been dating Cheung then, although they are now in love, the prosecutor said.
After the hearing, Deputy High Court judge Mr Justice Alan Wright adjourned Pang's sentencing to March 28.