46-year-old man with mental illness sentenced to indefinite hospital order after attacking 65-year-old man with knife

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23rd November 2022 – (Hong Kong) A 46-year-old unemployed man with a record of mental illness for more than 20 years was affected by schizophrenia in May last year. He suspected that the sixty-five-year-old man who lived with him at a unit in Po Cheong Building, Sham Shui Po  was stealing cigarettes from him. He felt that the other party wanted to frame him, so he attacked him with a knife several times when he was taking an afternoon nap on 15th May 2021.

The injured victim ran down the street to escape and eventually needed 16 stitches. The man who attacked him called the police himself after the incident, and he admitted under caution that he wanted to kill him. He earlier pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder and was sentenced in the High Court today (23rd). The judge pointed out that the charges in this case were serious but he accepted that the defendant did not premeditate and the crime was affected by mental illness. After balancing public interests, he sentenced the defendant to indefinite hospital order.

The prosecution revealed that the defendant had 5 convictions in the past, among which he was sentenced to a training centre for robbery at the age of 15. He was also sentenced to hospital orders in the other 3 crimes, including criminal terrorism, assault and wounding.

In 2020, he was sentenced to 8 months in prison for wounding. The defendant had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and Antisocial personality disorder. He was admitted multiple times to Castle Peak Hospital.

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