A HAWKER was yesterday acquitted of attempting to murder his ex-lover, who claimed he held a loaded gun to her temple and pulled the trigger at least four times, but it jammed. While finding Tsoi Chiu-kin not guilty of attempted murder, the jury found him guilty of wounding masseuse Wan Siu-ying with intent at a flat in Hunghom. Mr Justice Bewley called for a background report and adjourned the case to August 17 when he will also sentence Tsoi for possession of arms and ammunition without a licence. Tsoi had earlier pleaded guilty to this charge. Tsoi, 42, had denied the charge of attempted murder and of wounding with intent, claiming that he aimed the gun at the floor when he pulled the trigger and that he had acted in self-defence. During the trial, the High Court heard evidence called by prosecutor Barry Moorfoot that Ms Wan had eight previous convictions for offences that included drugs, vice and prostitution. The couple used to live together in the Hunghom flat but Tsoi moved out after they had an argument. He later returned and changed the locks to keep her out. When they met to talk things over, Ms Wan, however, arrived with two male friends with triad backgrounds, the court heard. They had punched and kicked Tsoi, who managed to escape with minor injuries. The next day, Ms Wan telephoned to demand money and she later went to the flat with three men. It was alleged that Tsoi allowed only the masseuse into the premises and shut the door before he pointed a pistol at her temple and pulled the trigger, but it did not go off. It was the Crown's case that he then fetched a chopper from the kitchen and began to hack her many times on her head and body. Giving evidence in his defence, Tsoi maintained that he had a pistol to protect himself against the gang who had accompanied Ms Wan. He claimed that she picked up the chopper to attack him first. He admitted pulling the trigger once but contended that it was pointed at the floor to scare her. The injuries she suffered occurred when they struggled over the chopper and the pistol, he said, testifying that he acted in self-defence. His counsel, Duncan Percy, said Ms Wan's constant demands for money and the way she brought along men to fight him had pushed him to his limit.