Two Indian asylum seekers aged 27 and 30 were charged with two counts of wounding with intent at the District Court on Thursday after they attacked two Pakistanis in Kowloon last year.

Shamsher Singh, 27 and Gurpreet Singh, 30, allegedly attacked a 41-year-old businessman X and his friend Ali Muhammad, 36, in a shop in Chungking Mansions on Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui on June 18, 2016, Oriental Daily reported.

The prosecutor said X had three shops selling mobile phones and two fast-food shops in the building.

Three days before the attack took place, the defendants threatened X to pay HK$800,000 (US$102,463) to avoid being harassed or X would be in danger if he didn’t pay. X refused to pay.

At 11am on June 18, two men wearing face masks and caps, went to the shop and stabbed X’s two arms with a 35-centimeter long knife.

However, a mask dropped from a man and X recognized him as one of the defendants.

Two fingers of X were chopped while his friend, who wanted to stop the stabbing, was also cut on his left arm.

In the District Court on Friday, one of the defendants pleaded guilty and was remanded for sentencing. The other defendant pleaded not guilty and was remanded for trial.

The identity of the defendant who pleaded guilty was not released at the time of publication.