A former waiter at a Chinese restaurant who killed his boss after a dispute over pay has been jailed for life.
Wai Lai Fong (21) changed his plea to guilty two days into his trial at Stafford Crown Court for murdering Kang Ching Mo, a Staffordshire businessman who ran The Arch Chinese restaurant in Newcastle-under-Lyme in March last year.
Mr Mo, aged 57, was slashed 19 times with a steak knife and craft knife, his throat was cut three times and there were 12 other wounds to his face and four to his body. A bin of food was then emptied over Mr Mo's body.
He was discovered by his wife, Mai, as she returned to the restaurant when he failed to arrive home.
Speaking after 21-year-old Fong's admission, Mrs Mo and her daughters, Anita, Judith and Monica, said in a statement: "As a family, we are relieved that William Fong has admitted his guilt.
"We are grateful that there is finally closure. The stress and pain of the trial has caused us unbearable grief following Kang's death. The death was senseless, which makes his loss even more difficult to accept. In our hearts, the memory of Kang, who was a loving father and husband, will always be held dear."
Judge John Shand told Fong, of Hempstalls Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme: "This was an offence of substantial aggravation.
"He had been stabbed and went to the ground and there were repeated slashes to his face and throat. You then committed the indignity of throwing food over him.
"You went armed with two knives and I am driven to the conclusion that there was significant premeditation and, coupled with that, I think you intended to kill him."
Fong was told he would have to serve 19 years in prison before being considered for release.
Gareth Evans QC, defending, said: "It was clear he was a loner and a man with low esteem who had few friends. He was a person who was normally calm in his dealings with people.
"Today he had the guts to face up to what he has done. It was an horrific murder to which he has admitted. Why did he commit the offence? There is no real explanation.
"There was a running sore of a problem between him and Mr Mo over holiday pay. He took with him two knives and there was an intention initially to use them defensively in case Mr Mo used violence against him.
"Something was said which caused the accused to completely lose his temper. What happened to Mr Mo was a frenzied attack by a person who wanted, at least, to cause grievous bodily harm.
"But something happened for a young man to use two knives and kill the way he did. He did not intend to kill Mr Mo but went to get money he was owed."
Julia Macur QC, prosecuting, said Mr Mo started the Arch restaurant in the 1980s and was a successful businessmen.
"Fong and Mr Mo had fallen out about holiday pay. For every three months work there was one week's holiday pay and there was an argument about the fact that holiday pay given to Mr Fong did not include tips.
"A week before his death they were seen arguing and it does not seem that the matter between them was settled," said Miss Macur.
Det Insp Roger Dutton, who led the investigation, said after the case: "Fong was a loner and a man who kept himself to himself. It was a very vicious attack. The waste food that was thrown over Mr Mo was symbolic in the Chinese culture of a dirty death which made Mr Mo the lowest of the low."