Organizer jailed over court acid attack

Local | Phoebe Ng 9 Feb 2018

A man who organized an acid attack on a government prosecutor more than eight years ago was jailed for 25 months yesterday.

Chim Wai-kin, 41, pleaded guilty to conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

His victim was Neil Mitchell. Chim hired two men to throw acid at Mitchell outside the District Court in Wan Chai on October 27, 2009.

He fled across the border and remained on the run for seven years. In October 2016 he was tracked down in Xinjiang and held in the mainland for four months before he was sent back to Hong Kong.

District Judge Timothy Casewell said he considered the severity of the case Mitchell was involved in, Chim's level of participation, and whether perversion of the course of justice had resulted.

At an arraignment earlier, Chim had pleaded guilty, but insisted he was merely the middleman, despite being a triad society leader and the mastermind of the attack.

Casewell made a reduction as he was detained in the mainland for four months.

Chim had conspired with his cousin Chan Lap-tak and other associates to obstruct "a bald Caucasian male" from attending court.

Mitchell, then 52, was doused in a dark brown liquid - later found to be diluted sulfuric acid - when he left District Court for lunch on October 27, 2009. Apart from Chim, nine others, including the attackers, were convicted and sentenced to nine to 15 years in jail.

Mitchell was acting as a government prosecutor against lawyer Kevin Kong Hon-yui. Kong was jailed for six years after he was convicted in December 2009 of cheating a bank out of HK$10.9 million in a mortgage scam.

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