Four men were yesterday jailed for attacking the nephew of late billionaire Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum - but the judge admitted that the reason for the attack remained a mystery.
Judge David Dufton told the District Court that he rejected the claim by Abbas Yasir, who led the attack, that he had mistaken Kung Ho, 36, for a driver who almost crashed into him three days earlier. "But the reason for the attack remains unknown," Dufton added.
Kung, an executive with the Chinachem Group, had earlier said that he "guessed" the attack was aimed at his family, and admitted to having had disagreements with people over his work. He said he believed some people might be unhappy with him or his family, but did not elaborate.
Dufton sentenced Yasir, a 32-year-old from Pakistan, to 18 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of wounding with intent.
His co-accused - fellow Pakistanis Malik Zohaib Naeem, 27, and Iqbal Pervaiz, 25, and Indian Ravi Dass, 28 - denied the same charge but were found guilty after trial. All four are asylum seekers. They were jailed for two years.
The court had earlier heard that a police surveillance team had seen Yasir and Naeem loitering near the scene of the attack, Nina Tower in Tsuen Wan, two days before the incident.
On the day of the attack, June 7 last year, the four waited in the car park of Nina Tower at 8am.
Kung drove into the car park about 45 minutes later. As he walked into the lobby with his wife, the four attacked him, with Yasir using an umbrella to hit Kung at least four times.
Plainclothes police had been monitoring the scene and rushed to subdue the attackers.
Kung suffered injuries to his face and mouth.
Although Kung and other witnesses could not identify who besides Yasir hit Kung, the judge found that the other three defendants had encouraged and supported the crime.
The evidence and security camera footage were strong enough to convict all defendants, Dufton said.