Mainlander gets 6 years, 4 months for stabbing teen in Tai Po ‘Lennon Wall’

Local | 14 May 2021 4:49 pm

A mainland Chinese man was sentenced to jail for 6 years and 4 months today at the High Court for slashing a 19-year-old man in the neck and abdomen near a "Lennon Wall" in Tai Po on October 19 last year.

The man Liu Guosheng, aged 24 years, earlier pleaded guilty to one count of wounding with intent.

The High Court previously heard Liu attacked the student, identified only as X, after being confronted and scolded for tearing political posters from a so-called “Lennon Wall” – a public display of messages in support of the Hong Kong protests in 2019 – in an underpass outside Tai Po Market MTR station.

Liu was said to have slashed the student’s neck with a fruit knife two or three times and stabbed him twice in the abdomen, leaving the student severely injured and his internal organs visible where his abdomen had been cut.

The High Court judge said although Liu had randomly chosen a man at the scene to stab at that time, but said his actions were premeditated given he had bought the fruit knife – with an 11cm blade – after arriving in Hong Kong the day before.

The judge also said Liu could have left the scene after the confrontation, but instead chose to resolve the confrontation with violence against a young defenseless teenager.

A sentence reduction of six months was given to Liu who pleaded guilty to his charges, therefore sentencing Liu 6 years and 4 months imprisonment.

The judge also added that Hong Kong society does not tolerate violence, claiming that violence is not the solution to political conflicts.

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