Man faces prison time for abduction plot in Saanich

A 35-year-old man will be sentenced Thursday on charges related to a bizarre plot to abduct the daughter of his employer at her Saanich home

A 35-year-old man will be sentenced Thursday on charges related to a bizarre plot to abduct the daughter of his employer at her Saanich home last year.

Last Friday Supreme Court Justice Mary Humphries heard how Kian Chong thought the owner of the restaurant he worked at badly mistreated her employees.

He believed he could scare her into leaving Canada by briefly seizing her daughter and taking photos of her bound in handcuffs, an idea he formed while watching a TV crime show.

During video of his interview with  Saanich police, Chong, originally from Malaysia, said he “didn’t want to hurt anybody,” but wanted to teach his boss “a lesson.”

Chong last week pleaded guilty to unlawful confinement, assault causing bodily harm and wearing a disguise for the incident that took place in the evening of Dec. 3, 2012.

That evening, Chong parked a white rental van outside his boss’s house in Gordon Head. Crown prosecutor Scott Van Alstine said that around 6:30 p.m. Chong grabbed his boss’s now 18-year-old daughter from behind while she was alone on the driveway.

A loud struggle ensued, which caught the attention of neighbours and one of the daughter’s friends, inside the home at the time.

At one point, Chong told the teen: “Don’t yell; I’ll kill you,” recounted Crown counsel.

He managed to pull the teen into the back of the van and struggled to get handcuffs on her. He realized the phone he was going to use take the photo was out of reach, in the front seat.

She was able to escape the van and ran toward her friend, who was now outside the home.

The friend, a 17-year-old girl, angrily confronted Chong and hit him a couple times with her friend’s shoe, which she lost in the struggle.

At one point Chong slashed the friend’s forearm with scissors. Chong’s defence lawyer, Tim Russell, says that was accidental.

He managed to make it back to the van and drove off. Chong, while speeding away on Fairburn Drive, nearly struck a responding officer.

He abandoned the van behind Maria Montessori Academy in the 1800-block of Fairburn Dr. Police found him later that evening on foot near Cook and Hillside streets.

He has been held in a remand centre for the last 11 months.

Crown is seeking an additional two-year prison sentence.

Defence is asking Chong be credited for 18 months time served, and would like his client to be released immediately.

kslavin@saanichnews.com.