A jobless labourer pushed a stranger in front of an MTR train because she was standing too close to him, a court heard yesterday. Lam Kai-wah, 41, was jailed for four years, becoming the second person in recent months to be sent to prison for pushing a stranger on to MTR tracks. Lam admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He denied a charge of attempted murder, which has been left on the court file. Psychological reports found that he was emotionally unbalanced. He will receive counselling in jail. The victim, Paloma Law Ka-wah, 42, lost three fingers when her left hand and wrist were crushed. Ms Law had been standing half a metre behind the yellow platform line at North Point station at about 8am on March 16 while waiting for a train to Wan Chai. As the train approached, Lam pushed her on to the track. She remained calm and lay between the tracks as the train stopped above her, Mr Justice Thomas Gall heard in the Court of First Instance. Lam was arrested at the station shortly afterwards. He complained of dizziness as he had just taken medicine for a toothache, prosecutor Arthur Luk Yee-shun said. Defence counsel John Wright said Lam had been under tremendous emotional strain. 'He is not a violent person. This is certainly an unpremeditated act. Rightly or wrongly, he felt she was standing too close to him,' he said. 'The day before the incident, he learned that his father had cancer. He just fell apart.' Lam was 'deeply sorry for this stupid thing he has done', he said. In August, Chan Chi-kwan, 28, a schizophrenic, was sent to a high-security mental hospital indefinitely after admitting he pushed computer programmer Ngai Ka-chuen, 27, in front of a train at Kowloon Tong. Mr Ngai lost part of his right leg.