Seven people were sentenced to prison terms of up to 19 years for pouring corrosives on the mistress of a watch company owner.

The owner’s wife had accused her husband of having an affair with a subordinate – the court heard that intermediaries were paid to carry out the attack. Seven people were charged, including a colleague of the wife, who helped her to find an attacker, a middleman, and a teenager, who received HK$3,000 for pouring the corrosives on the victim.

Owner of the watch company. File photo: Apple Daily.

Deputy Judge Audrey Campbell-Moffat said that the offence was serious, and that the attack was brutal. The accused all received jail sentences ranging from eight to 19 years. The judge also said that the wife’s colleague, Fok Ka-po, played an important role in the crime, as the attack would not have succeeded without his participation, and that Fok helped to plan the attack even though he knew the consequences would be serious. Fok was sentenced to 18 years in prison, while another intermediary, Ng Yan-lok, was sentenced to 19 years because he had recruited a younger person to commit the crime, and did not dilute the corrosives.

The youngest accused in the crime, 15-year-old Kwok Siu-yu, said he had thought he only had to act as a look-out for the attack, and did not expect to commit the crime himself. He said he eventually attacked the victim against his will, because he knew triads were involved. Along with the middleman, Lin Chun-kit, Kwok received a substantial reduction in his sentence for assisting the prosecution.

Victim of the attack. File photo: Apple Daily.

Suffering from 3.5 percent burns on her left cheek and body after the incident, the victim later travelled to South Korea for surgery to remove the scars. The watch company owner’s wife was previously arrested by the police, and was later released due to lack of evidence. She remains under investigation, Apple Daily reported.

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Koel Chu

Koel Chu is a second-year journalism and fine arts student at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koel is interested in the arts and urban design. She interned at China Radio International in Beijing and, at her university, she also works as Vice-President of Branding and Marketing in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation in the world.