Hong Kong man sentenced to life after murdering father for HK $ 200,000 to reimburse loan sharks
A Hong Kong man has been jailed for life for committing what a judge described as “a most heinous and heinous crime” – stabbing his father to death to rob him of just over HK $ 200,000 (25,700 $ US) so that he can reimburse the loan sharks.
Insurance agent Lai Kan-yau, 29, was convicted of murder by a 6-1 jury last month in the death of his father, Lai Kam-fook, 65.
He was also jailed for two years and three months for theft, a charge to which he had previously pleaded guilty. This sentence will be served at the same time as the mandatory life sentence for murder.
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The High Court has previously heard that Lai killed his father on or around December 4, 2018, stabbing him six times in the neck after he was denied the money he needed to pay off debts to the loan sharks. He then threw the body into the sea and fled to Taiwan.
The father’s body was found in a red, white and blue nylon travel bag floating offshore near Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam two days after the murder.
A medical examiner said he was of the opinion the deceased was stabbed from behind, the fatal injury involving at least six overlapping wounds on the right side of his neck.
An investigation revealed that the deceased had lived in a public housing estate in Tuen Mun, prompting police to investigate the housing department, which provided the phone numbers of his family, including his son.
By this time, the son had withdrawn and transferred HK $ 203,000 (US $ 26,000) from his father’s HSBC account through several ATMs before fleeing to Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on a Cathay flight. Pacific at 12:43 p.m. on December 6.
It is a real tragedy. The accused committed the most heinous and heinous crime by killing his father for a mere sum of just over HK $ 200,000
Judge Joseph Yau Chilap
He admitted to the murder after receiving a call from a police officer and returned to Hong Kong the same day to surrender.
On bail, Lai said, “My original intention was to borrow money from my father, but he refused and even insulted me and made a move to hit me. I accidentally stabbed him several times. It was not my intention.
In mitigation, defense attorney Ian Polson said his client committed the theft under pressure to reimburse the loan sharks and almost all funds taken from the father’s account were used for this purpose.
The court also heard that the loan sharks had repaid HK $ 143,000 to the deceased’s account in April 2019.
Judge Joseph Yau Chi-lap said on Thursday that he had no doubt the accused killed his father in an attempt to get his money.
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“It’s a real tragedy,” Yau said. “The accused committed a most heinous and heinous crime by killing his father for a mere sum of just over HK $ 200,000.”
While the judge noted that the deceased had not been a good father in that he had been abusive and violent towards the accused and his mother many years ago, he said that “that did not allow certainly not the accused to brutally kill his father ”.
Yau also said the pressure to reimburse the loan sharks was “certainly no excuse to kill his father and steal the money from him,” adding that paying the loan sharks was not a valid mitigation.
Lai appeared calm during her sentencing hearing.
But before he was whisked off the dock, his lawyer revealed he was bullied while in custody under the Corrections Department.
The judge noted that this was not a formal complaint, but asked officials from the department to review the case to avoid a repeat.
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