Courtroom knifeman gets 16 months

Top News | Staff reporter 11 Sep 2018

A mainland renovation worker who waved a 30-centimeter knife in front of a High Court judge has been sent to jail for 16 months.

In sentencing Yu Zulin, District Court Deputy Judge Don So Man-lung said the case was unprecedented and the convicted heedless of law.

Yu, 53, was found guilty of criminal damage for chopping a table inside a court.

But he was acquitted of two other counts of criminal intimidation and possession of an offensive weapon after Judge So accepted that he had wanted to use the cleaver to hurt himself and not Justice Wilson Chan Ka-shun.

Yu has held a grudge on Justice Chan since 2013 when he rejected the mainlander's civil claim against four police officers. He sought HK$660,000 for injuries he allegedly suffered during an arrest.

When Yu's appeal was rejected by another judge in October last year, he went into a courtroom where Chan was hearing a case.

He was then heard shouting: "Chan Ka-shun, do you think I can't find you? I'm going to chop you to death."

He waved the cleaver over his head and struck the bench.

Chan managed to leave through a private passage.

In mitigation, Yu hoped he could be set free as he had a pair of young children and elderly parents to support. He also wanted the chopper back - a request rejected by the judge.

Following the case, security measures at High Court have been heightened.

From January 31 this year, attendees at High Court have to pass through a metal detector and have their bags checked. Drinks from outside are prohibited.

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