AN alleged triad who hacked a defenceless man to death in a gangland killing was yesterday jailed for life. Lau Siu-kong, 28, died after a group of youths nearly decapitated him and left him with chop marks all over his body. Following the bloody attack Chow Sik-wai, 28, was smuggled to China by boat. He was only caught when he was picked up by Interpol as he tried to enter Macau in January this year, the High Court heard. Lau was killed on the Ngau Tau Kok Estate, Kowloon, on August 7, 1990, a day after Chow and his friends beat up the victim's younger brother, Lau Siu-fai, then aged 17. Prosecutor Paul Dinan said the gang set on Lau when he went to confront his brother's attackers and 'settle old scores'. Witnesses called during the trial said Chow was a member of the Lo Luen society and Lau was a member of the Sun Yee On. Chow, who had denied any involvement in the attack, showed no emotion as he was convicted of murder. Passing sentence, Mr Justice Stuart-Moore said: 'This was a dreadful killing. The victim was very nearly decapitated, such was the ferocity of one of the blows to his body. 'Gang fights are no way to sort out disagreements between people. You have shown absolutely no remorse for what you did.' Four other youths involved in the fatal attack received sentences of 41/2 to 61/2 years in 1991 after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Outside court, the prosecution said it would have accepted a plea of manslaughter from Chow, but he had opted for trial.