A chef who said he married a karaoke hostess in exchange for $70,000 repeatedly stabbed the go-between in a drunken fury when he was shortchanged, a court heard yesterday. Cho Jung-nam was allegedly asked by his friend, part-time court interpreter Hwang Jung-chul, to marry the Korean woman so she could stay in Hong Kong. District Court Deputy Judge Julia Livesey jailed Cho, 39, for four months after he admitted one charge of wounding with intent. She accepted that Cho, also Korean, was provoked and that the offence was totally out of character. In mitigation, defence barrister Peter Lavac said Cho was cheated by the victim after marrying the 23-year-old woman, Chung Hee-kyung, in March last year. In October last year, Mr Hwang, 62, had only paid $40,000, and he then refused to pay the rest, Mr Lavac said. Prosecutor Henry Hung Hing-fong said that on October 21, the drunken defendant went to the victim's flat in Minden Row, Tsim Sha Tsui, where the pair had a fierce row. The defendant then stabbed the victim in his legs several times, telling him he just wanted to cripple him, not kill him. Cho made a report to the police afterwards and was arrested. Mr Lavac said the chef had since assisted immigration officers with information on the alleged fake marriage. He said the defendant, an orphan, had had a hard life and felt remorse for what he had done. Mr Hwang had no permanent injuries. No charges have been laid concerning the marriage claims.