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Seven years for Oceana Kingston stabber Hoopang Wong

Surrey Comet: Hoopang Wong was sentenced to seven years for Oceana Kingston stabbing Hoopang Wong was sentenced to seven years for Oceana Kingston stabbing

A man who stabbed a clubber five times inside Oceana nightclub has been jailed for seven years.

Hoopang Wong, 25, claimed he accidentally cut Karlos Fredericks in self defence during a fight at the Clarence Street venue on May 20 this year.

But he was today sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of wounding with intent on November 12 following a trial at Kingston Crown Court.

Wong said during his trial that Mr Fredericks had attacked him, and after finding a flick knife on the floor of the club, he accidentally cut the victim in self defence.

Mr Fredericks received four cuts to his legs, including one down to the bone, and a fifth to the chest.

At Kingston Crown Court today, Recorder Michael Hunter told Wong: “This was a very nasty incident and I have a duty to protect the public.

“I would be failing to protect the public if I did not pass upon you a substantial custodial sentence.”

Defending Wong, Nathalie Carter had earlier described her client as a “warm, loyal and sensitive young man,” with aspirations of becoming a tattoo artist.

She also submitted letters to Mr Hunter, written by Wong and members of his family.

The judge accepted that Wong had not intended to kill Mr Fredericks as the majority of injuries were to the legs.

But he took into account the fact Wong, from Northolt in Middlesex, had two previous convictions for possessing a knife in a public place, serving an eight week prison sentence for the second offence in 2007.

Mr Hunter said: “I have to take into account the fact that you have previous convictions for possession of a rather similar knife, and I’m sure you would have been warned in the past if you were to use such a knife again.

“I have read your very well constructed letter and I have read about you, and I take into account your expressions of remorse.

“But I could have given you much more credit if you had pleaded guilty on this matter and not blamed the victim. You have robbed me of the opportunity of giving you a greater discount.

“I take into account four of the wounds and two of the deep wounds were deliberately made by you on the legs.

“In fairness to you, I am therefore giving you credit for the fact that when you used the knife the way you did you were taking care not to inflict life threatening injuries, although I am aware that such injuries can cause death.

“I can only hope that when you are released from prison you will use your potential and never return to prison or court again.”

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3:56pm Tue 11 Dec 12

DB says...

Good result. It would have been a bit embarrassing for the legal system if he had got off with that comedy defence.
Good result. It would have been a bit embarrassing for the legal system if he had got off with that comedy defence. DB
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4:13pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Mark... says...

7 years! if your caught with a knife it can be 4 years. He's been caught with a knife on previous occasions, plus he used it on another person. Brought it to a club, must have been expecting trouble if you bring it. Why was it not manslaughter?
7 years! if your caught with a knife it can be 4 years. He's been caught with a knife on previous occasions, plus he used it on another person. Brought it to a club, must have been expecting trouble if you bring it. Why was it not manslaughter? Mark...
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9:17pm Tue 11 Dec 12

bosco1 says...

Just what does our Courts system tell others. He should have been deported.Why should we have to pay for him to be snug inside a hotel PRISON, come on you judges get your acts together,if it were your family who had been the victims what punishment would you dish out then.?
Just what does our Courts system tell others. He should have been deported.Why should we have to pay for him to be snug inside a hotel PRISON, come on you judges get your acts together,if it were your family who had been the victims what punishment would you dish out then.? bosco1
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10:19am Wed 12 Dec 12

DB says...

Mark... wrote:
7 years! if your caught with a knife it can be 4 years. He's been caught with a knife on previous occasions, plus he used it on another person. Brought it to a club, must have been expecting trouble if you bring it. Why was it not manslaughter?
It couldn't be manslaughter as the victim fortunately did not die.

I agree with you about the rest, though. Previous convictions and bringing the knife to the club in the first place indicates a clear intent, and the punishment should be more severe.

The problem is that they probably could not prove that he actually brough the knife in himself, so that would not have been taken into account.

7 years is too short, but it is appreciably better than a lot of the sentences that are handed down for serious crimes these days.
[quote][p][bold]Mark...[/bold] wrote: 7 years! if your caught with a knife it can be 4 years. He's been caught with a knife on previous occasions, plus he used it on another person. Brought it to a club, must have been expecting trouble if you bring it. Why was it not manslaughter?[/p][/quote]It couldn't be manslaughter as the victim fortunately did not die. I agree with you about the rest, though. Previous convictions and bringing the knife to the club in the first place indicates a clear intent, and the punishment should be more severe. The problem is that they probably could not prove that he actually brough the knife in himself, so that would not have been taken into account. 7 years is too short, but it is appreciably better than a lot of the sentences that are handed down for serious crimes these days. DB
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7:58am Thu 13 Dec 12

lordofzombies says...

"I am therefore giving you credit for the fact that when you used the knife the way you did you were taking care not to inflict life threatening injuries"

cmon seriously? stabbing some one is stabbing some one. if he didnt intend to cause serious harm he would have used his fists or legs. not a knife.
"I am therefore giving you credit for the fact that when you used the knife the way you did you were taking care not to inflict life threatening injuries" cmon seriously? stabbing some one is stabbing some one. if he didnt intend to cause serious harm he would have used his fists or legs. not a knife. lordofzombies
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12:34pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Mark... says...

Got the wrong incident, i thought this was the latest incident at Oceana, where a 20 yr old died from being stabbed.

Just goes to show though how dangerous Oceana as a club is and how mindless some of the clubbers are in bringing a knife out on a night out
Got the wrong incident, i thought this was the latest incident at Oceana, where a 20 yr old died from being stabbed. Just goes to show though how dangerous Oceana as a club is and how mindless some of the clubbers are in bringing a knife out on a night out Mark...
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5:19pm Thu 13 Dec 12

DB says...

Mark... wrote:
Got the wrong incident, i thought this was the latest incident at Oceana, where a 20 yr old died from being stabbed. Just goes to show though how dangerous Oceana as a club is and how mindless some of the clubbers are in bringing a knife out on a night out
Absolutely. I thought that it was supposed to be closed on on Tuesday.

Does anyone know the outcome of that meeting?
[quote][p][bold]Mark...[/bold] wrote: Got the wrong incident, i thought this was the latest incident at Oceana, where a 20 yr old died from being stabbed. Just goes to show though how dangerous Oceana as a club is and how mindless some of the clubbers are in bringing a knife out on a night out[/p][/quote]Absolutely. I thought that it was supposed to be closed on on Tuesday. Does anyone know the outcome of that meeting? DB
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