Cheung Yau-kong, a 22-year-old Hong Kong man, began a ten-year jail sentence on Tuesday for the murder of a gay man he says made a pass at him by trying to “touch his groin,” according to the South China Morning Post
“Cheung killed butcher Chan Mow-sum, 67, in April 2003 by smashing his skull with a flashlight after Chan tried to touch his groin, said a report in the South China Morning Post. Chan, who was known to be a homosexual by many of his friends and staff, was found battered to death with a bag on his head in his bedroom by one of his employees the following day. Sentencing Chan, Recorder Andrew Macrae described the crime as a ‘brutal killing’ and said he did not accept that Cheung was remorseful because of his behaviour following the crime. The court heard, Cheung had set about to destroy the evidence and tried to create an alibi with a witness. He also fled to mainland China but was handed over to Hong Kong police by officials last September.”
Cheung was found guilty of manslaughter, not murder, by a 6-1 majority at Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance.