A 31-year-old jobless man has been sentenced to jail to nine years in jail by a High Court judge for stabbing pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu in Tuen Mun two years ago.
Tung Pak-fai pleaded guilty to one count of wounding Ho with intent and another count of wounding Ho's bodyguard Cheung Ying-choi.
Tung denied attempting to murder Ho, but this charge was left on the court file.
On November 6, 2019, Tung pretended to be Ho's supporter and gave him a bouquet of flowers while the politician was campaigning for the district council election at his street booth.
"This flower is for you, everyone can see your hard work," Tung told Ho.
Tung acted like he was about to take his phone from his bag for a photo with Ho. But he instead whipped out a 33-centimeter-long knife and attacked Ho, who suffered a two-centimeter cut on his chest.
Ho and his volunteer team tackled Tung to the floor as the attacker repeatedly shouted: "Kill Ho Kwan-yiu."
High Court judge Esther Toh Lye-ping said Tung's action was intolerable.
"Whatever the motive was, be it political, it's no excuse for such violence on the streets," Toh said.
She added Tung's attack was "senseless and most horrific," which calls for a "major" deterrence sentence.
Toh said the crime was premeditated as Tung had inspected the surroundings twice before taking action and had meticulously planned it out, adding it was "just luck" that Ho was not more severely injured.
Ho's impact assessment showed that he was optimistic and resilient, but became hypervigilant and more alert in public.
He said there is still a scar on his chest. Ho also slammed the jail term as too short, adding it should at least be 20 years.
Tung was also given 27 months in jail for injuring Cheung as he waved his knife around when the bodyguard tackled him. The sentence runs concurrently with the nine years imprisonment for wounding with intent.
Tung's action had caused Cheung to sustain a one-centimeter wound in his left rib area and a two-centimeter scratch on his left forearm.
Prior to the attack, Ho distributed leaflets at 8.15am with a team of volunteers, before Tung gave him a bouquet at the booth at 8.40am.
Before stabbing Ho, Tung said: "Do you mind if I take a photo with you ... I will take out my mobile first all right?"
Police found Ho's campaign leaflet, a second 28cm knife and its packaging box in Tung's bag.
Ho was sent to Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment and was discharged after two days. Cheung was discharged within a day from the same hospital.