A DECISION not to offer evidence against a Cathay Pacific pilot accused of wounding his wife was criticised by a magistrate yesterday. Fanling Court heard that Ian Leslie Wilkinson lost control during a heated argument with his wife, Ann, on New Year's Eve 1992, attacked her with a knife and then ''applied pressure to her throat with his hands''. After the attack, a psychologist he had been seeing was called, magistrate Ernest Lim said. Wilkinson was originally charged with wounding under the Offences Against the Person Act - a charge which carried a maximum penalty of three years' jail. Instead, the Crown sought only to have him bound over. Mr Lim ordered that Wilkinson be bound over for 12 months with a bond of $20,000 and the original charge be dismissed. Mrs Wilkinson, who is halfway through divorce proceedings, leapt from her seat in the public gallery and yelled: ''If this is Hong Kong justice, it is an absolute disgrace.'' Throughout the brief hearing she continued to say from the gallery that the case was a ''set up'' and that some sort of deal had been done by the Director of Prosecutions, John Wood. A Legal Department spokesman said there would be no comment on operational matters and no reason would be given for the decision not to present evidence. In court, Senior Crown Counsel Paul Madigan said the Director of Prosecutions had looked at the case in its entirety and despite a request from the magistrate to provide a reason as to why no evidence was presented, he said he was not able to divulge such information. Mr Lim said he was ''surprised'' and ''taken aback'' by the actions of the Director of Prosecutions. However, he said it was not his role to question whether the Crown proceeded with the case. He said if Mrs Wilkinson felt the course of action taken by the Attorney-General was wrong, he was sure there were other channels which could be pursued. Mr Lim said there had obviously been a breach of law and told Wilkinson he ''ought to be ashamed'' of himself. A Cathay Pacific spokesman yesterday said Wilkinson was a captain with the airline and was on operational duty. He also said the company's medical office had been provided with a full history of Mr Wilkinson's sessions with a psychologist. ''The company has been keeping a very close eye on it,'' he said. In reading the evidence provided by the Crown to the court, Mr Lim said the Wilkinsons were married in 1980 and moved to Hong Kong in 1985. He said in 1989 their relationship deteriorated until on December 31, 1992, a heated argument took place and physical blows were traded. He said Mr Wilkinson, '' . . . lost control and took a small knife with which he cut her left hand and using his hands applied pressure to her throat''. Mr Lim said a psychologist whom Mr Wilkinson had previously consulted was called in that day and he suggested he should leave their home. Defence counsel Gary Plowman, QC, agreed to the facts and after a short adjournment Mr Lim issued the bond order. A friend of Mrs Wilkinson's, who was also in the gallery, asked Mr Lim what other action could be taken because the true facts had not been aired in court. ''I am sorry about that, I don't like it either,'' Mr Lim said.