Stab suspect freedom bid denied

Top News | Cindy Wan 23 Aug 2019

A tour guide who allegedly stabbed three people in front of a Lennon wall in Tseung Kwan O has been denied bail.

Tony Hung Chung, 50, is charged with three counts of wounding and appeared in Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court. No plea was taken and he was remanded in custody.

Principal magistrate Ivy Chui Yee-mei rejected Chung's request for release on HK$50,000 bail and adjourned the case until October 17.

Chung is charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding two women, Wong Ching-mei, 26, and Li Yuk-fung, 35, and Leung Chun-kit, 24, in the subway between King Lam Estate and Chung Ming Court on Tuesday.

The condition of Wong, a former Hong Kong Economic Journal reporter, has improved but is still serious. She is in Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The prosecution said Hung did not know the three and acted on impulse after talking to Wong and Li.

It added that Leung was injured when trying to save the two women.

Preliminary medical reports suggest that Wong sustained a three-centimeter wound to her back, while Li sustained injuries to her left elbow, left hand and both legs.

Leung received seven stitches to his head and sustained a wound to his left ear.

The prosecution said Hung was arrested when he returned to Hong Kong through the Lo Wu checkpoint.

According to Hung's lawyer, he came to Hong Kong in 1985 and has worked as a tour guide for the past seven years.

He is divorced and lives with his 80-year-old mother and 10-year-old son.

Hung asked to be released on bail on the condition that he would report to police on a daily basis, stay in Hong Kong and avoid going to the scene of the incident.

His lawyer said Hung wants to take care of his mother, whose birthday was yesterday.

But the prosecution objected to the bail request, saying it is a severe case that could lead to a long prison sentence and trials at higher level courts.

The two women who remain in hospital and witnesses who helped with the investigation have not yet provided statements.

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