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Thursday, August 13, 2015, 17:35

Pair guilty of attack on veteran journalist

By Kahon Chan/chinadailyasia.com

HOGN KONG - Two man were found guilty by a High Court jury on Thursday for last year's knife attack on former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau Chun-to.

Yip Kim-wah and Wong Chi-wah, both 37, were both found guilty of one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and two counts of theft. The jury reached a unanimous decision after three hours of deliberation.

Both defendants have pleaded not guilty earlier in the trial, arguing that they confessed to the mainland police after being tortured. The allegations were denied by senior police officers.

The court was told that the duo was apprehended by mainland police on March 8, 2014 and handed back to Hong Kong police on March 17.

The pair was also convicted of theft for stealing a motorcycle in the New Territories and replaced the car plate to carry out the attack. Sentencing has been adjourned until Aug 21.

In a press briefing after the verdict, Lau said he respects the court’s verdict that was significant for the community, beyond upholding justice.

"The verdict today reversed the trend of the two past decades, (in) which whenever a journalist was attacked and injured, there was always no breakthrough, no one brought to justice. That trend has been reversed today," he said.

He said he believes the attack had nothing to do with his personal life. He urged again the police to make further efforts to track down the mastermind that plotted the violent attack.

Lau, who now oversees Ming Pao's multimedia business, was attacked on Feb 26 last year when the veteran journalist was on his way to breakfast in Sai Wan Ho. He suffered six deep cuts on his back, hands and legs, and spent the next five months in hospital.

The editor is now able to walk without crutches, but still has no feelings on his sole and is unable to move his toes. He is receiving physiotherapy that will last for at least another six months and the prospect for a full recovery will become clear by the end of year.

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