A SUSPECT fleeing the scene of a savage hammer attack fell almost literally into the arms of the police when he leapt from a second floor podium. But officers were unable to do anything to prevent Leung Che-chung, 30, from breaking his leg and suffering kidney failure as a result of the 50-metre fall. Leung was jailed for nine months yesterday after being convicted of wounding by the High Court. His barrister, Peter Cosgrove, said: 'He fell, literally, into the arms of the law.' Victim Siu Sang-wah, 29, suffered more than 10 head wounds when Leung lashed out at him with a hammer during a fight over money, the court heard. Leung fled the office in Shamshuipo where the attack took place on July 25 last year, and tried to hide on the podium. Police waited below and Leung tried to escape by jumping. The jury cleared him of wounding Mr Siu with intent, a charge he had denied, but it convicted him of a less serious wounding charge. Mr Cosgrove said jurors must have accepted his account that it was a spontaneous act committed during the course of a struggle. He urged the judge, as an act of mercy, not to impose a custodial sentence. Leung had a clear record and had acted completely out of character. The defendant had owed the victim money and was suffering from stress at the time of the attack, Mr Cosgrove said. He told the judge it was not necessary to send such a man to jail. The attack had lasted between five and 10 seconds. He said Leung had been honest with jurors, telling them he was responsible and that they should acquit his co-defendant, who had only been trying to break up the fight. Ng Kwok-chiu, 22, was found not guilty of wounding by the jury at the end of the trial on November 14. He had also jumped from the podium and suffered an injured ankle. Mr Justice Gall said he accepted Leung was remorseful and that he was unlikely to commit similar crimes in the future. But the widespread and severe injuries suffered by the victim took the crime out of the normal run of such cases. The judge described the attack as ferocious. But he said he took into account the fact that it was out of character. The maximum sentence for the wounding charge of which Leung was convicted is three years.