A Big Wave Bay resident was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for killing a man when an argument about music turned into a vicious attack by a group of men wielding barbecue forks, a honey jar and a pair of scissors. Ngan Lak-kwong, 46, was given a life term after he was convicted by a nine-person jury in the Court of First Instance on one charge of murder in relation to the death of Leung Chi-wing, 36. The killing took place on the night of September 13, 2008, on the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Ngan's older brother, Ngan Sun-chi, 49, was also convicted by the jury of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. A third defendant Wong Sze-ho, 35, was convicted on a lesser charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Two other defendants - David Chan, 34, a Cathay pilot, and Nelson Chow Kai-keung, 37, a surf shop owner - were acquitted of one charge each of wounding. Three other defendants - TVB director Ip Chun-fai, 34, director Sody Ko King-tat, 48, and Chu Siu-keung, 32 - were released in October 2008 when the prosecution dropped murder charges against them. The mandatory sentence of life imprisonment was imposed against Ngan Lak-kwong, while sentencing of Ngan Sun-chi and Wong was ordered to be adjourned to February 1, pending background reports. He ordered Ngan's bail revoked, but upheld Wong's continued release on bail. Both Ngan and his brother lived with their families in Big Wave Bay village, the court heard. Leung was killed at about 11pm on September 13, 2008, as he and some friends were leaving the village after a barbecue party. A fight broke out as they walked past a group of men with whom they had argued earlier about the choice of music they were playing. The men attacked Leung with punches and kicks, and battered him with a plastic chair and a honey jar, which broke on his head, the trial was told. One attacker was seen removing the protective plastic caps from the tips of barbecue forks before attacking Leung with them. Leung was unconscious by the time police arrived, and was declared dead just after midnight at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan. A post mortem examination found a fatal blow - a stab wound in his neck - which the prosecution believed was caused by Ngan Lak-kwong. The trial heard that Ngan Sun-chi smashed the honey jar on Leung's head, and Wong had battered the man with a plastic chair. Chan and Chow attended the court yesterday to hear the verdict on their friends, who were sitting in the dock. On the day of their acquittals, Chan said he had been on leave from the airline since his arrest, and had been suspended from flying. Yesterday, the pilot said he had resumed work with the airline, but he was required to go undergo some retraining before he could fly again. Wong, who was released on bail, said he felt happy about the verdict but he stressed that he had to bear a burden of remorse for the fatal attack. He said he felt sorry for Leung's family. While the families of the Ngan brothers appeared to be extremely upset by the verdict yesterday, the two elder sisters of the victim also expressed their anguish over the event. Leung's two sisters attended the hearing from time to time, to follow the evidence of how their brother was killed. 'The loss of my younger brother can never be compensated, no matter how these defendants are sentenced,' said one of the sisters, who was unable to hold back her tears. 'Did they ever think about how my brother was beaten to death? Did they think about how painful it was? How scared my brother was at the time they hit him?' The sisters said they still felt anger when they saw one of the defendants having tea with his wife at the store near the death scene, one year after their brother died.