Hong Kong Law & Crime

Police seeking man who wielded kitchen knife in High Court

Police are seeking a mainland Chinese man who took out a kitchen knife and reportedly threatened a judge at the High Court on Tuesday morning.

According to a Ming Pao report, the court was hearing a contempt of court case when the man took out a kitchen knife in the courtroom.

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He reportedly yelled in Putonghua at Judge Wilson Chan Ka-shun: “Lawless! You thought I couldn’t find you.” The judge did not answer and left immediately. 

A police spokesperson said police received a report that the man took a kitchen knife from his backpack shortly after 10am. The knife had a blade that was eight inches long and five inches wide, she said.

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The judge immediately adjourned the hearing, she said. When police arrived, they conducted two searches of the entire High Court building, but did not find the suspect. They are still looking through CCTV footage to obtain related information, she said.

The police are looking for a mainland Chinese man, about 50 years old and about five foot four inches tall.

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He has short hair, was wearing a light-coloured striped polo shirt, light-coloured long trousers and sandals, and carried a brown backpack.

The spokesperson said police will increase patrols near the courthouse. Officers holding shields and multiple police vehicles can be seen outside the courthouse in photos from local media.

Police seeking man who wielded kitchen knife in High Court