TWO men stole $7.2 million from a money-changer after shooting him in the leg and threatening him and his wife with an axe, the High Court heard yesterday. Tsai Hai-chen, 45, and Wong So-king, 37, were on their way to bank the money after the Liberation Day public holiday in August last year when they were attacked outside their Tuen Mun home. Prosecutor John Cagney said Mr Tsai took home foreign currency worth several million dollars on the Sunday because he knew banks would be closed on Liberation Day. But as the couple left their home early on August 31 Cheung Hon-chung had confronted them with an axe. Mr Cagney said the money-changer had taken an empty bag with him as a decoy in case he was attacked, but the assailants went for the bags containing the money. Mr Tsai tried to fight them off but one of the men pushed his wife to the ground. During the ensuing struggle, Mr Tsai was shot through the leg by the second attacker, who is still at large. Mr Cagney told the court that a third man masterminded the robbery, seafood merchant Ng Wai-man. Cheung, 23, who has pleaded guilty to robbery, is expected to give evidence against Ng this week. Mr Cagney said Cheung claimed Ng, 38, introduced him to his accomplice and offered him a 10 per cent cut of the money if he helped in the robbery. Mr Cagney said: 'Although he did not participate in the actual robbery and shooting, he did plan the robbery. He encouraged, assisted and instigated the commission of the robbery.' Ng, arrested at Lowu border crossing last December, denies charges of robbery, shooting with intent and possession of a firearm. The trial before Deputy Judge Pang continues today.