A taxi driver attacked three Commercial Radio disc jockeys because he believed they hacked his phone and computer to gain information to make fun of him on air after hinting that he may have been developing a relationship with their female colleague, a court heard. But Chen Pak-yi, 27, denied he was suffering from persecutory delusion and demanded that the two psychiatrists who reached the conclusion be cross-examined in Kowloon City Court. Chen asked for a jail sentence on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to one count of wounding and two of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He had earlier rejected a prosecution offer to settle the case with a six-month hospital order – as recommended by the psychiatrists – which would leave him without a criminal record. The court heard that the attack began at Luen Fat Restaurant in Kowloon City at 9.20pm on June 13, when Chen punched Lui Siu-ming, 28, and Mak Ho-lung, 27. Their companion, Donald Tong Kim-hong, 42, gave chase as Chen fled for his taxi, but was instead hit by the driver with an iron rod. Chen boarded the vehicle and was arrested two days later at his home in Sha Tau Kok. The entire incident was captured on CCTV footage. Subsequent medical checks found Lui’s left cheek was red and swollen, while Mak’s was also bruised, with abrasions on his chest. Tong, meanwhile, fractured his left elbow and needed two stitches for a 1cm tear on his scalp. Chen had four previous convictions, including one for a similar assault offence in 2004. He said through his defence counsel, P. K. Chan, that he felt genuinely remorseful for committing the offence out of momentary rashness. “He does not think he has a mental illness,” the counsel said. Chen further revealed in mitigation that he thought his phone and computer had been hacked by the disc jockeys, but the psychiatrists did not believe him and instead concluded that he made things up. “If you don’t mind me asking, do you believe him?” principal magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen asked the counsel. “I cannot reject [his version],” Chan replied. “Of course we can’t prove if that’s the case, but the defendant genuinely believed that it was.” The counsel said there was evidence like Facebook records to show that his client kept in touch with the disc jockeys for quite some time. He believed there was a possibility that his relationship with a female disc jockey was developing positively and he recalled her colleagues had messaged him saying it was possible. “Later he discovered they would comment on their show, make fun of him and mention the things they did together,” Chan said. “So he wanted to confront the DJs to find out what happened.” The case resumes on Monday to schedule oral evidence from the psychiatrists.