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Court shows mercy to wife who bludgeoned her ex-husband to death

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Source: The Standard

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A security guard, who bludgeoned her ex- husband to death with a spanner, broke down in tears when the judge ruled she was a victim of domestic abuse and sentenced her to 2 years in jail. Since Li Kit-chun has already spent 20 months in custody, her lawyer Albert Luk Wai- hung said she could be released and reunited with her son in less than a month.

 

Li, 51, was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter by a High Court jury of two women and five men. She had pleaded not guilty. The judge had wanted to let her walk free from the High Court yesterday but she was returned to the Tai Lam Centre for Women pending procedures by the Correctional Services Department. Luk said since his client had behaved well during her detention, she could be released soon.

 

Justice Judianna Barnes Wai-ling described the case as a family tragedy. As a traditional woman, Li had always acted in the interests of her husband and son. She exploded after enduring years of domestic abuse. The judge set 3 years as the starting point and reduced it by one year as Li had acted in self defense, called the police and tried to stop her ex-husband bleeding. She hit 59-year-old Choi Fu-wah on the head with a spanner at least 13 times on March 3 last year. He died five days later of a fractured skull.

 

Eleven letters were presented in mitigation, including some from fellow sufferers of domestic violence and lawmaker Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung who explained the difficulties faced by victims. Li had reserved the best for her former husband and son, according to Cheung. At mealtimes she always left them chicken drumsticks and only ate tips of wings and legs. During her detention she mailed her son Buddhist texts to be burned as offerings to Choi. Luk said Li had been troubled by Choi and tried to commit suicide before the incident. She now regretted her actions. She was now more worried about her son being left on his own than her incarceration.

 

The court heard earlier that Choi had not had a regular job since 1997 and spent a lot of time drinking. He sometimes hit Li and his son. On the day of the killing, Choi asked Li to bring him dinner. When asked to wait, he attacked her with a spanner, but Li grabbed it and hit him. Luk thanked the court for showing understanding to abuse victims.

 

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Tragic that the fight ended with one dead. I don't blame her for fighting back though and her sentence was light.

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You hear about these domestic violence cases where the victims have endured years of abuse and they live daily fearing for their life and the life of their children. They feel trapped. If they should get help from authorities or family to leave their abusive spouses they believe their spouses will find away to get to them.

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these violence cases happens a lot in family setting. it is hard to avoid these incidents. people in hong kong are so stressed in their lives.

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