The West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts in Hong Kong. Photo: Google Maps

A 27-year-old local man pleaded guilty to an assault charge at the West Kowloon Magistrate’s Court in Hong Kong on Monday after he attacked his mother with a hammer.

Tai Yu-wai, a technician, was accused of one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to his 53-year-old mother on January 22 at her home in the public-housing Lei Cheng Uk Estate in Kowloon’s Cheung Sha Wan area, Apple Daily reported.

The court heard that the defendant was angry at his mother’s failure to go the High Court to process the probate registry of his deceased father.

Tai grabbed a 33-centimeter-long hammer and attacked the victim’s right elbow and her back several times.

The injured woman reported the attack to the police.

The defendant pleaded for leniency, telling the court that he had become emotional after his mother took too long to handle the probate registry process. His father, a civil servant, died in 2016.

His mother presented the court with a letter asking for leniency for her son, Oriental Daily reported.

Ada Yim, acting principal magistrate, asked Tai why he had attacked his mother with a hammer, and slammed him for not apologizing in a serious manner.

Yim asked Tai to apologize to his mother at the court again, adding, “Your mother wrote a letter asking for leniency for you, and I’ll make a copy for you. You should think seriously how you treat your mother.”

The defendant was released on bail pending sentencing on April 16.

As she left the courtroom, Tai’s mother told reporters that she had forgiven her son for what he did to her.