The District Court in Wan Chai. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

An Indian asylum seeker was sentenced to 56 months in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of wounding with intent. Gurpreet Singh, 30, attacked a 41-year-old businessman, identified as “X,” and his friend Ali Muhammad, 36, in a shop in Chungking Mansions in Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui area on June 18, 2016, Oriental Daily reported.

Earlier trials heard that three days before the attack, the defendant demanded that X pay HK$800,000 (US$102,460) to avoid being harassed, but X refused to pay. On June 18, the defendant and a second man, both wearing face masks and caps, went to X’s shop and attacked him with a long knife.

However, one of the men’s masks dropped off and X recognized him.

Two of X’s fingers were cut off in the attack, while his friend was also injured.

Police arrested Gurpreet Singh and another man in late June. The second man, Shamsher Singh, 27, pleaded not guilty in an earlier trial, and was acquitted of all charges.

In Gurpreet Singh’s trial, Judge David Dufton said the defendant attacked the businessman with a knife that caused him serious injury.

As Singh is an asylum seeker and committed the crime during his stay in Hong Kong, his behavior could affect the city’s reputation, so an additional four months were added to his sentence.

However, as the defendant had pleaded guilty, the judge sent him to prison for 56 months.

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